Find an Internship
In many ways, the internship search is similar to a job search. Here are some basic strategies to get you started:
- FOCUS YOURSELF: know your needs and priorities; what you want from an internship; where you want to do an internship; what type of organization you want to intern in. Get your application materials ready.
- Identify RESOURCES – both published (as found on websites, databases, etc.) and unpublished (see Networking and Informational Interviewing).
- Identify ORGANIZATIONS.
- Utilize your NETWORK of Carleton alumni, faculty, friends, relatives and their business associates. Reach out to them for guidance and resources that will lead to the type of internship experience you are hoping to find.
Carleton Specific Resources
- Student Internship Experiences Database | A searchable database of where your fellow Carls have interned.
- Pathways | Explore how certain classes and majors could lead to potential careers, internships and off-campus study programs.
- The Tunnel | The career center's searchable database of internship and job listings
- LACN | A database of internship openings developed by a consortium of 29 liberal arts colleges, called the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK. Login in through the Tunnel and click on the Liberal Arts Career Network logo on the left-hand side of the page.
- Going Global | Packed with country-specific career information, this research tool provides expert advice and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad.
- CareerBeam | The career center has partnered with CareerBeam which provides you comprehensive career resources and information. Look especially for the Internships.com link.
- Spotlight on Careers | Another collaborative effort with LACN, Spotlight is designed to give students an overview of 28 different career fields. Each site provides numerous links to related resources, and several sites provide links which list internship opportunities.
When looking for international internships, here are a few things to remember:
- Not all internships serving international populations need to be internationally based! Many organizations throughout the US run programs targeting international and immigrant populations such as ESL teaching programs and refugee assistance services, like the International Rescue Committee.
- Make sure you conduct thorough research on any organizations in which you are interested: funding sources, employee discrimination/potential gender biases, safety concerns, etc. You don’t want to get over there and realize this is an organization you don’t feel comfortable working for. You can find reviews of several programs on GoOverseas and Lonely Planet.
Okay, Okay, Got it. Where Can I Search?
Here are some good resources to get you started. However, this is list is by no means exhaustive!
- Idealist.org: A broad database good for just seeing what is out there; good for service and NGOs. Searching under “organizations” will likely give you more to work with, because many organizations don’t specifically post internship programs but would be happy to accept one.
- Directory of Development Organizations: Incredible comprehensive guide of development organizations by country. On the main page, use the right hand column to narrow by region, and then click on countries of interest.
- Wango: Lists of NGOs by region. Click on the map on the main page to start your search!
- Foreign Policy Assocation: Can search by country to get a list of organizations; they tend to be more politically oriented.
- Foreign Policy Research Institute:Search for over 1,000 think tanks by country; policy oriented (hence the name).
- ELIA Abroad: Searches under the internships tab are grouped by work type, so if you have an idea of what type of work you want to do, this would be a good way to start. Also sponsors student-initiated service projects.
- InternAbroad: Search either by country or type of internship; has 798 organizations listed.
- TransitionsAbroad.com: Offers not only a list of internships, but a list of alternative opportunities of summer work, including farm work, au pair jobs, and student work choices while studying abroad.
- Uniworld: Database for US companies with offices in foreign countries, as well as foreign companies in the US.
- IEE Passport: Good for academic summer programs abroad.
- Boren Critical Language Scholarship: Part of the US National Security Education Act of 1991, the Boren Critical Language Scholarships offer students up to $20,000 to study abroad in “critical areas,” including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East
- BUNAC: Offers work permits for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as internship opportunities in Britain.
- LACN: The Liberal Arts Career Network, with postings from 28 liberal arts schools around the country. Sign into the Tunnel and click on LACN on the left hand side.
- Going Global: If you are interested in professional or governmental organizations within specific city, Going Global is a good resource. Go to the Tunnel, click on Going Global on the right hand column, and search under Country Career Guides.
Okay, I Got an Internship, Now What?
Great! Here are some next steps for you:
1) Start establishing contacts other than those working in your organization as early as possible. In the event that something goes wrong, you will want a relatively safe place to be. Here are some recommendations:
- Carleton Alumni Directory: There are alums all over the world, and it is certainly worth reaching out to them!
- Couchsurfing: While you will have to do some digging, reaching out to people in your area is never a bad idea. Plus you will be able to ask them questions about an area you will likely want to know more about. Be aware of gender (particularly if you are a solo female traveler) and make sure to read the person’s recommendations and endorsements from other travelers.
- Air BnB: A similar set up to CouchSurfing, the main difference is that AirBnB isn’t free. Again, a good way to begin networking with people
2) Apply for Career Center funding! Go to the Tunnel, fill out the application form, and upload your resume and a personal statement. Funds for international opportunities include:
- Will Fund for Social Entrepreneurship Internships
- The Initiative for Service
- The Newman Language Internship