Searching for an Internship
How do I start looking for an internship?
Whether you are looking for a local, state-wide, national, or an international internship, the first step in your search is to talk with your professors, faculty advisor, Internship and Career Services staff, employers, friends and family members about your interests and career goals. Someone they know may be able to help you find an internship within their place of employment, through a colleague, or other professional contact. Networking can be one of the most useful tools during your search.
Students should be aware of fraudulent internships and scams that can be posted to internship databases (which can sometimes include on-campus resources like E-Link). CSB/SJU Career Services staff members monitor E-Link (but not others) to ensure legitimate companies and postings, but it is possible for deceptive or misleading information to be posted by individuals attempting to pose as legitimate organizations. Posting on this site does not indicate an endorsement of an employer by the College of Saint Benedict|Saint John's University. The institutions do not assume responsibility for inaccurate or misleading information. Please take care in researching organizations and beware of fraudulent internship and job postings. Note that you should NEVER pay money as part of an application or testing process. Beware of any position that asks you to provide bank account or credit card information, pay money to apply, or involves receiving and sending checks or money. These are possibly scams and should be reported to the site administrator.
What if I don't know what kind of internship I want?
You are not alone! Many students find themselves in this situation, which is why we have a couple of tools to help you sort out what it is you are looking for in a meaningful internship experience. The tools below will help you assess your long-term career and life goals/values as well as your true interest areas. Completing these forms prior to meeting with our office is crucial in helping us help you find an academic internship.
Are there websites I can visit to search for internships?
Yes, below you will see links to E-link, Going Global, and many other sites to aid you in your search!
E-link is an online database that CSB/SJU students can use to search for opportunities such as internships, jobs, fellowships and undergraduate research. Searches are fast, simple, and there are a wide variety of options! Through this site, you can see full position descriptions, necessary qualifications, how to apply, as well as the contact information for each position. Faculty and Staff are welcome to access E-Link and view its contents as well. If you're having trouble accessing your E-Link account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going Global provides information about world-wide job and internship opportunities. This website is updated daily and can be particularly useful if you choose to study abroad and also complete an internship abroad. International Students can also use this tool to find a list of companies in the United States who've previously sponsored H-1B Visas (and who might also be likely to sponsor a job or internship).