how to find an internship in the u.s. before you leave
BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
Since you will be abroad during the months that most employers interview students for summer internships, you will need to adjust your application strategies:
- Apply in the late fall for summer internships – use UCAN, EagleLink, the Internship Review, Internship Series Online, Internships.com, Internship Fair:
- Apply to MORE internships than you otherwise would.
- Try to find internships with lesser known organizations – the competition will be less intense.
- Check EagleLink - https://bc-csm.symplicity.com/students/ in November – a few companies conduct campus interviews during fall semester specifically for students who are going abroad in the spring.
- State clearly in your cover letter:
- that you are going abroad second semester.
- the dates you will be available for internship.
- ask for an interview for before you leave, and specify the dates you will be available to interview.
- Follow up each application a few days later with a phone call (if you can’t get a phone number, send an email).
- IMPORTANT: Students studying abroad MAY NOT APPLY via EagleLink for jobs or internships posted on EagleLink if the employer is conducting ON-CAMPUS interviews during the time you will be away. HOWEVER, you may use the EagleLink system to contact those employers directly to inquire about alternate arrangements.
- Check our databases for new listings:
- If you can’t find enough internship listings in our databases use CareerSearch to generate list of employers in your field of interest, then contact them to see if they offer internships:
- Continue to apply to internships in January, February or March. Be sure your resume includes either an e-mail, voice-mail, or your parent's phone number so that they can contact you.
- If you need assistance while abroad, contact us at email@example.com or by phone at 617-552-3430.
WHEN YOU RETURN:
- If you haven't yet received an internship offer, follow up with all the employers you sent resumes to.
- Continue to check our listings - we get lots of listings in May and June - it is not too late then.
- If we have no listings in the geographic area you are searching in, check with our office about getting reciprocity with a nearby school so you can check their listings.
ALTERNATIVES (if you can’t line up an internship for the summer)
- Consider an internship during the semester – usually an 8-12 hour commitment.
- Consider shadowing several people during the summer or the school year. Possible sources include
- BC Career Advisor Network:
- BC Externship Program:
- If you can afford it, consider a travel, study or volunteer program related to your major or career interests.
- If you're studying in Ireland, considering doing a summer internship there through the Boston College-Ireland Program: