Internships and Research Experiences
On-campus Employment and Research Opportunities
Internship Search – Where do I start?
The first step in securing an internship is to know what it is that you’re looking for. That means setting goals and gaining focus.
- What do I do with a major in…? Research some common options and possibilities of different majors.
- Making an appointment with a counselor is a great way to get started.
How do I write a resume and cover letter?
Pick up a copy of UR Successful in the Career Library OR use the samples available on the website. This guide has examples and instructions to get you started. Check with a staff member or a Peer Career Advisor for helpful hints. Set up an appointment to review your draft (please email yourself a copy or bring it on a flashdrive).
How do I search?
Try the following to get started. There are three easy ways to look for internships. First, identify a “hit list” of potential internship sites. Use directories, on-line resources, and other printed materials to develop this list of persons and programs to contact (e.g., The Internship Bible and Peterson’s Internships Guide). Second, establish and use a network of friends, family, faculty and alumni. Finally, respond to posted and publicized opportunities. You may want to meet with a counselor to identify strategies best suited to your interests.
- CareerLink. UR’s online career and internship database. Fill out your profile to receive targeted e-mails about internships of interest to you.
- Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC) Database. Database of diverse internship opportunities that are accessible to students and alumni from a selective group of colleges and universities, including the UR
- Internships by Category. Important links for students with interests in research, science, government, engineering, international internships, social sciences, as well as minority student focused internships.
- Career Education Institute. Listings of internships across the US and internationally (username is “YellowJackets” and password is “UR201213″).
- Career Library. Over 1,000 reference books, journals and directories are available as well as Career Center Staff and PCAs to answer questions.
- Watch yoUR email for new and exciting postings.
What are the keys to getting a good internship?
The keys to securing an internship are persistence and follow-up. The Career Center has FREE resources such as phones, fax machines, and computers with online access to facilitate this process.
How do I make it possible?
See below for information on funding and credit.
- Reach Funding. Available funds for students seeking unpaid summer internships.
- http://www.rochester.edu/careercenter/students/internship/communityservice.htmlYour Federal Work Study money may be utilized to partially fund off-campus community service-related internships, during the academic year. Check with the Financial Aid Office for further information.
- Academic Credit for Internships. The College Center for Academic Support coordinates academic credit for internships.
Receiving and accepting an offer
Career Center Counselors are trained to assist you with this last step as well. Please share your circumstances and ask for personalized assistance. Remember that Career Center Counselors can help you with the salary negotiation and offer process. To begin investigating this topic, check websites like: salary.com, The Salary Calculator, Monster Salary Center and vault.com. And, never accept and then later renege on an offer. You can, and should, ask for the appropriate amount of time to collect information and make this very important decision.
Where do I live?