Did you know that 60-70 percent of students who intern become employed faster than those who don’t? With internships you can:
- Gain hands-on experience in your field of study
- Develop your professional skills and work habits
- Build your self-confidence and practical skills
- Increase your success rate over those who don’t participate in internships
Certain FPU programs require internships, and those departments coordinate their own internships. Please contact the Career Development Center to find out if your department/program requires and coordinates internships and who to contact.
For those students whose programs do not require or coordinate internships, please reference Internship Search Strategies and Internship Listing Sites below to help you secure an internship.
Whether your program requires internships and coordinates them or not, all students seeking internships may also access the Internship Guide & Resources to gain valuable internship insight.
Internship Search Strategies
You are more likely to be successful obtaining an internship through direct forms (the hidden market) than through announcements that everybody knows about, as they are more competitive. Make a list of everyone you know and begin contacting them to see if they might be able to introduce you to someone who can lead you to an internship.
- Family and friends
- Professional associations
- Career fairs
- College department internships
- Career Development Center
- FPU alumni network
An online search can lead you to an internship, but it is much more competitive in nature because everyone knows of the internships that are posted. You should spend approximately 20 percent of your time on online searches and the rest on direct search methods. Listed below are some of the most popular internship listing sites.
Internship Listing Sites
- Handshake – FPU’s internship and job listing board
- Parker Dewey – find paid virtual mini-internships and execute professional assignments to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths.
- AngelList – Provides over 2,050 jobs in the Startup Internships job collection
- AfterCollege – Matches students and recent grads to internships and full-time employers
- College Recruiter – Connects students and grads to entry-level jobs and internships
- Global Experiences – Helps students find international internships and career-readiness programs
- Google Internships – Helps students find internships at Google
- Idealist – Connects students and grads with community, public service and nonprofit internships and jobs
- Indeed Internships – Aggregates internships jobs from various websites
- InternQueen – Internship listing site with an extensive series of informative blogs
- Chegg Internships.com – Student internship resources
- LinkedIn Internships – Internships listings on LinkedIn
- Best Semester – Relate your faith and passions with off-campus and study abroad programs
- WayUp – Explore Internships by popular categories and cities
- Internship Programs – create a search for internships in major U.S. cities and around the world
- The Internsource – internships for California college students
- Smart Intern China – internships in China
- Los Angeles Film Studies Center – internships for those majoring in film studies
- Walt Disney World Internships – internships with Disney World
- American Studies Program – Washington, D.C., internships
- Live. Learn. Intern. – Washington, D.C., internships
- USAJOBS – Official U.S. Government Pathways Program
- Volunteering & Internships Abroad – provides information on volunteer and internships abroad
- Washington Internship Institute – Washington, D.C., internships
- The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars – Washington, D.C., internships
- YouTern – Find government internships for your career path and see blogs for tips
- Zip Recruiter - Internship Listing Website