Internships

Let Career Services be your guide through finding and applying for an internship. Below is a step-by-step process to help ease your stress. The most effective way to obtain an internship is to combine a variety of strategies and to meet one-on-one with a Career Services professional. To set up an appointment, contact Career Services at 315-229-5906.

STEP 1. LEARN ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS       

STEP 2.  LOG ONTO SAINTSLINK

  • Your user name is your SLU e-mail address, and your password is your student ID number. This tool features a calendar of Career Services events and deadlines, access to over 1,800 SLU alumni career mentors, and searchable databases of employers, jobs, and internships. Fill out your SAINTSLink Profile to receive emails about internship opportunities that may interest you.
  • SAINTSLink

STEP 3.  PRIORITIZE                                       

  • Decide what you are looking for and what will make your internship meaningful. This will help you focus your search.

STEP 4:  ATTEND AN INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP

  • These brief workshops can familiarize you with available internship resources. Check our calendar for times and dates.

STEP 5:  START RESEARCHING POSSIBLE INTERNSHIPS

We recommend targeting at least 10-20 opportunities to which you’d like to apply.                           

STEP 6:  PREPARE A RESUME AND COVER LETTER, AND HAVE A STAFF MEMBER CRITIQUE THEM BOTH

STEP 7:  BEGIN VERIFYING INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

  • There is nothing worse than preparing an application only to find out that it went to the wrong person or lacked required information. Contact organizations to verify the availability of the internship, application deadline, required materials, and the name and address of the contact person.

STEP 8:  APPLY

STEP 9:  FOLLOW UP ON YOUR APPLICATIONS

  • Contact the employer directly no later than 10 days after submitting your application. Make sure that he/she received your materials, express your interest in the position, and ask for an interview. There is a chance that this conversation could turn into a phone interview, so make sure you've done your homework about the organization first!

STEP 10:  DEFINE YOUR PLAN OF ACTION

  • For each internship to which you’ve applied, find out what their search time line is, and organize your action steps around that. Decide how often you will call, and what your next steps will be.

 STEP 11:  SEND A THANK YOU NOTE

  • Always send a thank you note after an interview. This not only impresses the interviewer, it is an excellent way to restate your interest in the internship and address any questions that came up during your interview.             
  • Professional Correspondence Guidebook

STEP 12:  ALWAYS HAVE A "PLAN B"

  • Have alternate plans if your dream internship does not come through.

STEP 13:  NOTIFY CAREER SERVICES OF YOUR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

STEP 14:  REVIEW FUNDING OPTIONS

STEP 15: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

  • Steps for how to maximize your internship experience, how to integrate what you learn during your placement, and how to use the experience to enhance your career development.
  • Making the Most of Your Internship