Internship Search Strategies

How can I find a valuable internship experience?

Many students make valuable network connections via your family or friends that can help them find valuable career experience. There are many networking options within the Eller College that can lead to experiential learning opportunities to complement your classroom experiences. To learn more, make a career coaching appointment in eSMS.


How can I keep my Career Profile updated?

Updating your Career Profile on eSMS and keeping it current helps your academic advisor and professional development staff members to help you. By knowing your preferences for employment industry, location, and graduate school, we can create programs based on your needs. It can help with getting recruiters on campus that you are interested in, and development learning communities with similar interests. Helps us help you and update your Career Profile at least once a semester!

You can access your Career Profile by:

  1. logging into eSMS (accessed through your Student Link, Advising, Eller Advising)
  2. on the left hand tool-bar, click on “Professional Development”
  3. make sure “Career Profile” is selected
  4. click “Edit”
  5. fill out your preferences
  6. click “Save”


What campus resources are available to me?

Every Fall and Spring semester, Campus Interviewing brings top employers from across the country to conduct interviews with UA students and recent alumni for job and internship opportunities. 

Employers range from high tech corporations, to businesses, to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. All students of ALL MAJORS will find opportunities of interest and are highly encouraged to participate.  All companys or organizations hiring UofA students for full-time, internship, part-time or on-campus jobs use Handshake to post jobs.

Login to Handshake and search jobs & internships:

  • Login to Handshake and create or update your profile.
  • Upload your resume to Handshake - you can upload multiple resumes to use to apply to internships/jobs.
  • Search jobs or internships, favorite companies, and see when companies are coming to campus.  
  • For more on how to use Handshake, visit their student help center.


What resources are available specifically for my major?

Each major within the Eller College of Management has a Career Information website. This website will give you a general overview of the major, degree requirements, preparation resources, career opportunities, advancement opportunities, salaries, recruitment opportunities, as well as links to professional organizations, journals, and publications. The links below will take you to the appropriate Major Career Brief:

What is the L.I.F.E. Internship Drive I keep hearing about?

The L.I.F.E. (standing for Learn Intern Familiarize Experience) Internship Drive is a campaign focused on getting students to start thinking about internship opportunities early on in their college career. Remember, it’s never too early to start! The more prepared you are, the more likely you will land the internship of your dream. Click here to access our L.I.F.E. Internship Drive website! Remember, L.I.F.E. Starts Now! Learn. Intern. Familiarize. Experience.

Step 1: Research internships and companies you are interested in.

When speaking with a recruiter and/or applying for an internship, you should already have a good idea of the company background and types of positions they are hiring for. Here is a checklist of things you should research on a company prior to the interview:

  • Company background – what does the company do?
  • Company locations – where does this company have offices?
  • Company employees – what kinds of positions are the company hiring for? What majors of students are the company looking for?
  • Main competitors – who are the company’s main competitors and industry leaders?
  • Recent news – has the company been highlighted in the news recently?

There are updated guide books available in the Undergraduate Professional Development Center, McClelland Hall 203, to search top-rated internships. Many top internship programs will post opportunities on internship search websites (see Resources below).

  • Watch deadlines , as most top internships have deadlines before December 31 st
  • Use networks — your family, friends and peers are great resources to tap into
  • Go to career fairs — take your business cards, research companies beforehand, and tell recruiters you are specifically looking for an internship

Step 2: Update resume and over letters.

Tailor these documents to match individual company/internship qualifications.

For help with your resume:

Step 3: Apply for internships based on company instructions.

Depending on the web site or resource you are using there are various ways to apply. Please check each individual opportunity for specifications.

Step 4: Follow up.

  • After two weeks, follow up with the company. Make contact to see if your documents were received and if you can schedule an interview. Persistence pays off, but know where to draw the line.
  • Update your Career Related Experience section on eSMS and let the Professional Development Center team know about your successes!


How can student organizations help me get an internship?

Many students find valuable internship connections through active involvement in student clubs and organizations. Many employers are interested in advertising their positions to active students, and they find the best route to follow is to make a direct connection with the organization. Many guest speakers to organizations can also help students find career opportunities within their organizations.


For additional information, please contact us.