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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Internship FAQ

What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
Both help you explore career possibilities, apply your learning in real work situations, gain relevant job experience, and make great connections. However, co-op positions are paid and often last longer than internships. Internships can be unpaid or paid but are usually “one time only” positions. Although a co-op leads to more in-depth experience, an internship is still a good job experience and can add to your professional, personal, and academic growth. Both co-ops and internships give you a competitive edge when it’s time to look for a full time job or apply to graduate school.

What websites can I utilize to find more information on internship postings and related information?

  • Internships- The largest internship database to help you find your next opportunity!
  • AfterCollege - Entry level jobs and internships.
  • CoolWorks - Internships in amazing locations (national/state parks, camps, resorts, ski resorts, on the water, ranches, etc.)
  • InternHousing - Find housing for your internship away from campus.
  • InternHub
  • InternJobs 
  • InternMatch - Mastering summer internships
  • Internship Programs
  • Post your resume to employers who are exclusively looking for interns, search an extensive database of internships, read internship reviews, create your own real-intern profile, or research companies and careers on Wetfeet
  • Internships 4 You - Access internships worldwide for free.
  • National Tourism Foundation - National Tourism Foundation Internships
  • Vault - Paid and unpaid opportunities for academic year and summer

Locating and applying for internships

Can international students participate in internship opportunities?
Yes. An F-1 international student must be enrolled on a full-time basis to be eligible for CPT or OPT and may work as an intern. Internship work schedules must be less than 20 hours per week during the academic semester and may be full time during the summer. International students must contact the Office of International Programs for authorization before working as an intern in the United States.

How do I find internship positions?
The O’Brien Center will work with you individually to brainstorm different options and create a customized job search plan. The staff actively recruits companies and posts intern opportunities. Success in finding a position depends on your active participation in the process.

What types of employers do you work with?
We work with all types and sizes of companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. If you have a particular interest, we can assist you in a targeted job search.

When and how can I obtain assistance in finding an internship?
During the fall and spring semesters, students can begin the process of  obtaining assistance in finding an internship by scheduling an appointment with a Career Advisor in the O’Brien Center for Career Development located on the second floor of the Sakowich Campus Center. Students can also upload their resumes on the Advantage system for review and search for intern and co-op openings on the system.

If I want hands-on experience, are there alternatives to  internships?
Yes, we support all types of experiential education. We encourage all students to utilize our services in the O’Brien Center for Career Development.  We can assist you in resume writing, interviewing, job search techniques, and securing volunteer and job shadowing, opportunities. Come in and make an appointment with a Career Advisor.

How important is it to gain work experience before graduation?
Relevant Job Experience - A Key for Job Search Success