Finding an Internship
There are many ways to find an internship. Three places to start are:
- Family and friends
Faculty often have professional connections with resources. They are experts in your field and often are able to guide you to an internship that is a good match for you.
Family and Friends: Internships, as well as jobs, can be found through connections with family and friends, especially if you would like to find an internship in your hometown for the summer. Hometown internships may or may not be advertised. Talk to business owners or directors of organizations where you would like to gain experience. They might be willing to set up an internship even if they never thought of that as a possibility before.
Other resources include:
The internet is especially valuable if you are seeking an internship in a city, an international internship, or an internship with a particular agency. Career Services has already researched links for internship opportunities. The Internship website provides a wealth of information at your fingertips. Some of the sites are general for all majors and some are more specific.
Professional Organizations: Effective networking is valuable in finding internships as well as jobs. Attend workshops and conferences. Read the organization's newsletters and journals and you may get internship ideas.
Chamber of Commerce: Target the location where you would like to intern and find the chamber of commerce listing through www.chamberofcommerce.com for that locality. Some Chambers of Commerce will list members by categories, i.e., accountants, engineers, etc.
Business Journal: Look for the Business Journal's “TopList” or “Book of Lists” online.
Trade Commissions and Economic Development Councils: Clinton County has an Economic Partnership (CCEP). The CCEP produces a booklet listing businesses in the area and other economic information.
Phone Book: Browse the Yellow Pages for businesses.
Newspaper: Review the Employment section for businesses that are hiring. Sometimes internships are advertised in the newspaper.
Libraries: The Stevenson Library at Lock Haven University and community libraries, such as Ross (Lock Haven) and James V. Brown Library (Williamsport) are resources for articles, journals, magazines and online information. In particular, the Lexis-Nexis Academic database is effective at researching industry trends and organizations on the cutting edge of their fields.
State Government Internships: On PA Civil Service , click on “Employment.” In addition to completing the application on the website, it is also good to talk with employees in the local offices in the fall/early spring to express your interest in an internship and find out what types of internships might be offered locally.
Federal Government Internships: On USAJobs|Student Jobs under Resources, choose Internships.