The Washington, DC, metropolitan area is one of the greatest areas in the country to find internship opportunities. (We're biased!) Opportunities are all around, though finding the internship that's right for you means going beyond the usual resources of Web pages and friends. It means research, preparation, and perseverance. The following links can help you land the position that's best for you!
Preparing to Find an Internship
It is never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process — from identifying an internship of interest, to applying, interviewing, and accepting a position — can take several weeks, but will likely take several months or more. Many government agencies require six to nine months to process internship applications prior to their start dates. In preparing for your internship and the possible related academic requirements, please follow the instructions below:
Three Semesters Before You Want to Begin Your Internship
- Start researching internship opportunities — obtain general information about the organization, their internship program, contact information, and deadlines
- Attend the Résumé Writing Workshop at the Center for Career Services
- Prepare your résumé and cover letter
- Contact an academic internship mentor to explore your responsibilities with regard to obtaining academic credit for your internship
Two Semesters Before Your Internship
- Select those organizations to which you will apply.
- Send out cover letters and résumés and/or complete applications.
- Practice your interviewing skills and attend the Interviewing Skills Workshop at Career Services or schedule a Mock Interview with a career counselor. Use InterviewPrep to help improve your interview skills.
One Semester Before Your Internship
- Attend a Career Services internship orientation session.
- Have all your documents in order early on in the semester (you don't want to be a procrastinator!)
- Be sure to have all the details for your new internship position (written job description, hours, supervisor, location, pay, etc.).
- Register for the internship course ___400/490 (fill in the blank with your department course code) with the Center for Career Services.
Resources in Finding Internships
Chat with your family, friends, professors, advisors, church members, etc. to find out about internship and job opportunities. Many companies hire the majority of their employees from employee referral programs. If you know someone personally who works for a company you're interested in, talk to them now. Jobs4Saints
You may search current listings of available internships using Jobs4Saints, a Web-enabled database that assists the Center for Career Services in bringing employers together with students and alumni. The database contains an up-to-date listing of career, internship, and part-time opportunities with local, regional, and national employers. You are highly encouraged to frequently access your Jobs4Saints account
Read more information on how to activate your account and get answers to frequently asked questions about Jobs4Saints
Employers also utilize the database to search for student résumés and to schedule on-campus interviews. It is highly beneficial for you to upload and publish your résumé via the system's resume books.
Employers have posted positions looking specifically for Marymount University students and alumni. Access the Jobs4Saints calendar for announcements regarding special career-related events on campus, recruiters coming on campus seeking Marymount University students, and other job fairs in the local area that may be related to your field of interest.
For additional information about finding internships, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, call (703) 284-5960, or visit the Center for Career Services, Ballston Center 2nd floor.