Contact the Internship Coordinator, Julia Parcell or schedule an appointment via MUConnect for one-on-one consultations.
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.
Can be used to search for jobs, internships, career fairs, employer campus visits, etc.
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!
Most career fairs are open to all majors, so seek out employers intentionally recruiting at Mizzou. 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 events).
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.
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.
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
- During COVID, an appeal is required for in-person internships
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
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.