Internships

It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your first internship!  Turn the skills you have learned in the classroom into experience.

Use the internship search tools below to begin your internship search.  Start networking with your faculty, family and friends.  Attend employer campus career and internship fairs and information sessions on campus.  Contact the internship coordinator, Julia Parcell at parcellju@missouri.edu for further help and contacts.  

Where Do I Find an Internship? 

Internship Search Tools

There are a variety of ways to identify appropriate internships. The more time you put into your search, the more likely you are to find the best opportunity for you. Below are resources to help you get started.

Handshake
Can be used to search for jobs, internships, career fairs, employer campus visits, etc. 

LinkedIn
Connections may know of opportunities and can put in a good word for you. Use Social Media to your advantage, and develop your own personal brand by following industries and liking their posts.  Profile tips will help!

Career Fairs
Most career fairs on campus are open to all majors, so seek out employers while they are on campus. All fairs, campus visits, interviews, etc are posted on Handshake. With 150-200 employers at most fairs, it is important to do research on employers prior to each fair.

Employer Campus Visits
Information sessions are a great way to make an in-person contact with businesses of interest (see Handshake for a list of upcoming campus visits).

Contact Organizations Directly
Do your research, and if an organization does not currently offer internships, reach out directly and pitch your own idea for an internship, share your skills and qualifications, and explain why you are interested in working for them.

Volunteer/Job Shadow
Plan to volunteer during your Thanksgiving, winter or spring break with an agency of interest. Whether ringing bells out front, making copies, or greeting clients, this is a great way to get noticed as a future intern.

Department Resources
Visit with a professor about contacts he or she has in your area of interest.

Use Your Networks
Let friends, family, and contacts know what you are searching for and share your resume.

Join Professional Organizations in Your Field

Want to Know More?

What qualifies as an internship?  Internships may be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and you may choose to or be required to receive academic credit for your experience.  

  • Dedicated supervisor/mentor
  • Established learning objectives agreed to by student, supervisor and instructor
  • Experiences connect directly to your career goals or field of study
  • Agreed upon start and end date

What does not qualify as an internship?

  • Continuing work in a position you already hold (unless additional responsibilities are added)
  • Working for a family member
  • Telecommuting is not encouraged, but in some cases will be approved

Informational interviews are a great way to learn about others' career path. The Informational Interview Questions PDF explains what they are and offers a list of questions to get you started. 

Visit the Career Center for help with resume reviews, cover letter assistance, and interviewing techniques

Internships Abroad - Global Mizzou Internships

Students pursuing an internship abroad must complete the steps listed at the International travel registry program BEFORE submitting an internship application and proposal to the Internship Office.  Questions about the travel registry program should be directed to Barbara Lindeman: lindemanb@missouri.edu.

Once you have completed the steps involved in registering through the international travel registry program, you should complete and submit the internship application to the Internship Office.