Why do an Internship?
- “Test the waters” to see if a potential career is right for you
- Get some experience to add to your resume before co-op
- Help build your network of connections-Employers love to hire from within!
- You may also want to consider an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates). See the REU Overview PowerPoint.
How is an Internship Different from a Co-op?
- An internship is not the same thing as co-op
- While some internships are paid, many are not
- Internships tend to be flexible with a student’s schedule
- Internships can be part‐time or full‐time (8‐40 hours per week)
- Internships generally last from 6 weeks to 4 months, and may take place during the summer or academic semester
Resources to Help
- Finding an Internship for Undergraduates Webinar
- Internship Workshops
- Academic credit for an internship is available for undergraduate day students when it is required by an employer. Email us for details at email@example.com.
- View a sample internship resume and cover letter
- Find out more about our Career Fairs
Websites for Internships
- Way Up (Formally Looksharp)
- One Day One Internship
- Internship Programs
- My Perfect Resume (Formally Riley Guide)
- USAJobs (Internships with the Federal Government)
- GoAbroad.com (Internships Abroad)
- Job boards that also have internships: Simply Hired, Indeed, Idealist, and Craigslist
- Volunteer World
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Best Time to Look?
The more competitive the internship is, the earlier you should begin looking. Start in October for big company internships, in January for others. Keep looking because they are posted daily.
View the Career Development calendar for internship workshops.
Make an appointment with a counselor under the Career Services tab on your my.northeastern.edu page
Security Tips as You Begin Your Job Search
The great majority of employers are honest, but for those employers who are not, be aware of these security tips:
- Never pay a recruiter or an employer for a job
- Never supply bank account, social security number or credit card information
- If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is (examples, “no experience necessary” “ earn money fast”)
- When you are in doubt, ask a career counselor in the Career Development department or Google the company name with the word “scam.”