Job and Internship Search Strategies
There are three primary ways to find a job or internship. The template below will help you develop a customized strategy that combines all three methods for a more comprehensive search.
Follow These Steps
Find the right job boards for your field, industry, level of experience, and/or geographic location. Depending on the industry, some of the best jobs may be posted on smaller, “niche” sites.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Handshake: Job board especially for companies looking for students and new graduates.
- ClarkCONNECT: Jobs posted by Clark alumni.
- Firsthand: Large board with internship and full-time opportunities.
- Interstride: Job search platform for international students.
- Indeed.com: Large, general job board that pulls from other sites for a comprehensive listing.
- Additional job boards: Search listings on job boards for your industry; websites for professional organizations; or visit organizations you might like to work for, as their sites might contain information about pursuing careers in the field.
Contact the people in your network. Encourage them to send job positions your way or to refer you to job interviews. Expand your network by meeting alumni and others in your line of work.
|People you already know:
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Don’t just ask for a job. Instead, let them know what kind(s) of opportunities you are looking for, and ask them if they have any suggestions for jobs, job boards, or people to talk to. This broader request is more likely to lead to useful referrals.
Some organizations will create a customized internship for you if you show an interest. Approach them with a spirit of curiosity to explore possibilities.
Take these steps:
- Define your internship goals: What do want to learn? What skills do you want to use or practice?
- Identify organizations where you might like to intern.
- Determine the best person to speak with at that organization.
- Is there someone who can introduce you? A colleague, friend, alumni, or faculty member?
- If so, ask that person to arrange a meeting.
- If not, send an inquiry email describing your interests and asking for a short meeting or phone call to discuss possibilities. Attach your resume.