Searching for Jobs & Internships
Searching for jobs and internships can be a daunting task, but having a strategy and knowing where to look for opportunities will make the whole process much easier.
Some individuals may graduate unsure as to their long-term career goals, while others may want to take a year or two before entering the workforce or graduate school. In those cases there are many opportunities for students to take a bridge year (also, known as a gap year).
Regardless of your career goals the Career Services Center provides many resources to assist with your job and internship search!
Keep in mind that building your skills in other areas, particularly networking, can present possible career options that you did not expect!
GAIN A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOU ARE SEEKING
Many believe that if you look for "anything" you will have more options. This will have the opposite impact on your search, as many employers look for individuals interested in their industry and company.
- What type of position are you seeking?
- What are your geographic preferences?
- What are your work and lifestyle values?
- What are your assets in terms of skills and interests?
UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE JOB MARKET AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR SEARCH
Most job and internship postings can be found on job search sites and employer websites, however, assistance from connections who already work for the employers you are considering can increase your likelihood of securing interviews. These contacts, whether they at UD alumni, family, friends, or professional associates, can help you identify the hiring managers, refer your applications to human resources, and recommend you for positions.
Networking is what ultimately connects most students with their job and internship opportunities, and is an essential part of the job search that should be used in combination with submitting applications through websites.
■ HANDSHAKE: Handshake hosts thousands of job and internship opportunities. Additionally, log in to your Handshake account to access other great resources, such as Passport Careers and Glassdoor for even more great opportunities!
CHECK YOUR CAREER COMMUNITY PAGE FOR INDUSTRY SPECIFIC JOB & INTERNSHIP RESOURCES.
- Always submit a cover letter and resume tailored to the specific position.
- Whenever possible, address your cover letter to a specific person. If you are unable to obtain a name, use “Dear Hiring Manager.”
- Communicate professionally at all times. No slang, shorthand, emoticons, etc.
- If you find a job posting on a third-party website, check the company’s website to see if the job is also posted there. If so, submit your application through the company website.
NOTE: Persistence and perseverance are key components of a successful job search – remember it’s a process and finding a job does not happen overnight.
Winter Term Internship & Job Shadow Program
Participate in a three to five-week internship during Winter Session. The experience will expose you to a career area of interest and assist with building a strong professional network.
All Winter Term Internship opportunities will be posted in Handshake from mid-September until late November. Search for "Winter Internship" under the Handshake job search.
All applications will be submitted through Handshake.
2017 Winter Term Internships will take place:
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Friday, February 2, 2018
For more information contact: Lynn Sydnor-Epps, Associate Director
Offered over Winter Session, the job shadowing program allows students to learn more about various professions, receive career-related advice, and reflect on the ways in which their education can prepare them for life after college. Log in to Handshake to apply. All opportunities will be listed under "UD Job Shadow Program Winter 2018".
Students must submit applications between Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Students will be notified of matches and provided with the contact information of their hosts by Wednesday, November 16, 2017.
Job shadowing may include workplace tours, meeting with key members of an organization, and involvement in daily workplace activities.
The job shadowing experience will last for a minimum of six hours during one business day and can be extended to two business days if mutually agreed upon.
For more information contact: Lynn Sydnor-Epps, Associate Director
Obtaining Credit for Internship/Field Experience
UNIV 364 - EXPERIENTIAL INTERNSHIP
Students from any major who wish to obtain credit for their internship placement can register for this three free-elective credit class. This course is designed to complement the experiences you have at your internship site. There will be lecture and discussion about a variety of topics including: career development, personality and learning styles, and diversity.
- You must arrange an internship prior to entering class.
- Your internship should be in an area related your major or area of career interest (If unsure of your site appropriateness, please discuss it with your instructor prior to the start of the course.)
- You must submit a Learning Contract signed by your internship supervisor, yourself, and your course instructor.
- You must spend a minimum of 50 hours at your internship site during the session or semester you are enrolled in the course. (It is not possible to take the class before or after you have completed your internship.)
In order to participate in UNIV 364 and obtain credit through Career Services for "off site" internships (those at a distance of more than fifty miles from campus) for Winter or Summer internships, you must receive approval for your internship site from your course instructor.
It is possible to take UNIV 364 more than one time, however, the credits do not count toward graduation unless you have a different instructor and a different internship the second time around.
Because the course is limited to 20 students per section to maximize interpersonal interactions and problem solving, seniors receive top priority for the Fall and Spring sessions.
OTHER OPTIONS FOR RECEIVING CREDIT FOR AN INTERNSHIP:
- Arrange an independent study with a faculty member.
- Identify a faculty member who is willing to support your out-of-class experience through UNIV 262; 362; or 462 (Experiential Learning).
- Participate in a departmental internship.
- Locate a college or community college near your internship site which has an experiential or internship course. Make an appointment with Scott Rappaport at the Career Services Center and bring a copy of the course description for approval.
If you have further questions, please contact Rachel Coppola, Associate Director, Career Services Center.
Taking a Bridge Year
A bridge year is a temporary position (1 –3 years) between college and graduate school or a full time job. Many students are interested in “taking a year off” before buckling down to a “serious” job or graduate school. These temporary jobs can provide experience, direction, emotional and cognitive growth, and satisfy curiosity about the real world.
- Gapyear.com: Search for travel inspiration, trip advice, jobs and volunteering ideas.
- Center for Interim Programs: The first and longest-running independent gap-year counseling organization in the United States.
- Gap 360: Paid jobs, adventures, volunteering, fun & tours.
- GapGuru: Offers a wide range of exciting gap year volunteering, teaching, travel and internship opportunities across Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.
- Gapwork.com: Your one-stop website for gap year and backpacking information.
- GoAbroad.com: Provides the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases.
- BUNAC: Offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programs.
- Go Overseas: Search for gap year programs abroad.
- Idealist: Find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world.
- AmeriCorps: Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.
- Peace Corps: Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people.
- Public Allies: Advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation.
- United Nations Volunteers (UNV): The UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
- American Red Cross: Provide compassionate care to those in need, through five key service areas: Disaster Relief, Supporting America’s Military Families, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Services, and International Services.
- Peace Brigades International: An international NGO that promotes nonviolence and protecting human rights.
- The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA): An association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. IVPA is an association of volunteer sending organizations but does not organize or run its own volunteer programs.
- Teach For America: Developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the achievement gap.
- City Year: Teams of diverse young people called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months working to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance in English and math.
- Inspired Teaching: A state-accredited, 24-month teacher preparation program that prepares, supports, and certifies highly-qualified individuals to become early childhood and elementary teachers in the District of Columbia.
- The New Teacher Project (TNTP) Teaching Fellows: TNTP's rigorous Teaching Fellows and TNTP Academy programs prepare people without formal education backgrounds to be effective in challenging school environments.
- University Child Development School: The Resident Teacher Program offers a year-long, intensive, hands-on teaching experience.
- TEFL.com: The world's largest real-time database of English Language Teaching Jobs.
- International Schools Services: Dedicated to supplying international schools with everything they need to provide their students with a world-class education.
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language: Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide.
- Overseas Placement Services for Educators (University of Northern Iowa): Offering services since 1976, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Placement Service for Educators, a program area of UNI Career Services, connects American international K-12 schools with certified educators year round, and hosts an annual recruitment fair in late January/early February. (Teacher Certification Required)
- WorldTeach: Witness firsthand the challenges and rewards of education in a developing country.
- CIEE: Paid teaching positions in seven countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam).
- teflSearch: The top job site for TEFL/ESL jobs.
- Passport Careers: A comprehensive, online global job search support system for globally-minded organizations and institutions that support people moving to or living in unique and challenging destinations around the world. (Login through Handshake)
- The Riley Guide International Job Resources: Search for employment in specific countries and/or regions of the world.
- Transitions Abroad: The guide to paid and volunteer work abroad, living abroad, study abroad and cultural travel overseas.
- Projects Abroad: Offers volunteer opportunities, internships, and language courses of the highest quality.
- InterExchange: A nonprofit organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through work and volunteer exchange programs.
- Art History Abroad: Enjoy Italy and see a wealth of beautiful art while having fun.
- Outward Bound: Outward Bound offers courses in some of the most spectacular and inspiring settings in the United States and in Central and South America, successfully preparing students to confront the challenges they face today with self-confidence, tenacity and compassion.
- The International School for Earth Studies: A nature education center that rescues indigenous wildlife, engages in domestic animal husbandry, promotes environmental awareness, and connects people with the land.
- The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS): Real wilderness expeditions, teaching outdoors skills, environmental ethics, and leadership in some of the most wild classrooms in the world.
- Green Corps: Train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles.
- Student Conservation Assocation: Places over 2,000 interns in a diverse array of businesses, public land agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.
- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms: A worldwide network of organizations. We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living.