Internships allow you to explore different career fields, develop professional skills, build your résumé, and make yourself a better candidate for later internships and jobs. CareerLAB staff can help you develop a plan for seeking internships that suit your personal interests and needs.
What's the Best way to Land an Internship?
Search strategies vary by field of interest. Students interested in finance, banking, and consulting often secure positions at on-campus recruiting fairs. But the majority of Brown students secure internships through other means. This is why it is so important to meet with a CareerLAB advisor: you need to develop your own customized internship search plan. Working with our career advisors can reduce the stress associated with such searches, and is most likely to lead to a successful outcome.
Thousands of internships are posted on the websites below. Browse these sites to get a sense of the range of opportunities.
- Our Career Field Notes also contain some internship postings.
Don't limit your browsing to actual internship postings. More than 14 million U.S. companies are profiled on ReferenceUSA and Vault. Going Global lets you explore organizations in the U.S. and abroad. You may find companies that you would like to approach.
Review Your Resume
Update your résumé regularly; it should evolve as you progress through your education and work experience. You can meet with a CareerLAB advisor or come to our walk-in hours to get help updating your résumé.
Most internships are never posted on a website or listed in a newspaper. Many organizations will create internship opportunities if they find the right student with the right skills. So you should spend the majority of your internship search time talking to people who can help you uncover these opportunities. A number of resources are listed below. Review our networking tip sheets and online tutorial before reaching out to individuals or companies.
BRUnet — Alumni Network
3 Fs — Family, Friends, Faculty and campus speakers at CareerLAB workshops, Brown Degree Days, and other campus events
Supervisors from past jobs, internships, or volunteer work
Alumni from high school or college sports teams, clubs, or organizations
Every year Brown students get internships by calling organizations and saying “I’m a [class year] at Brown University and I see that you’re involved in [X]. Is there someone I could speak with about internship opportunities?”
Cold calling can work, but be selective. Approach only those companies that you are certain you would like to work with.
Calling is better than e-mailing.
Make sure to follow application directions, including what materials are required for your application and what to dicuss in your cover letter.
Once you land an interview, check out CareerLAB’s interviewing tip sheet and be sure to dress professionally for an interview. You can also schedule a one-on-one meeting with a career advisor to do a mock interview before you do the real thing.