Finding an Internship
The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is one of the best areas in the country to find internship opportunities. Finding an internship that is right for you means going beyond the usual resources of web pages and friends. It means research, preparation, and perseverance. The following steps can help you land a position that is right for you!
Preparing to Find an Internship
It is never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process — from identifying an internship of interest, to applying, interviewing, and accepting a position — can take several weeks, but will likely take several months or more. Many government agencies require six to nine months to process internship applications prior to their start dates. In preparing for your internship and the possible related academic requirements, please follow the instructions below:
Three Semesters Before You Want to Begin Your Internship
- Start researching internship opportunities — obtain general information about the organization, their internship program, contact information, and deadlines
- Attend a Resume Writing Class by the Center for Career Services
- Prepare your resume and cover letter
- Contact an academic internship mentor to explore your responsibilities with regard to obtaining academic credit for your internship
Two Semesters Before Your Internship
- Select those organizations to which you will apply.
- Send out cover letters and resumes and complete applications
- Practice interviewing skills and attend an Interviewing Class or schedule a mock interview with a career counselor
One Semester Before Your Internship
- Attend a Career Services Professionalism Program
- Be sure to have all the details for the internship position (written job description, hours, supervisor name, location, pay, etc.).
- Report your internship via Handshake. More information on this process can be found on the Reporting and Internship page
- Once your internship is approved by your AIM and school, you will be registered for the associated course (XXX 400/490) and credit hours
Resources in Finding Internships
Speak with family, friends, professors, advisors, church members, etc. to find out about internship and job opportunities. Many companies hire the majority of their employees from employee referral programs. If you know someone personally who works for a company you are interested, talk to them now.
You may search current listings of available internships using Handshake, the Career Services database. It contains an up-to-date listing of career, internship, and part-time opportunities with local, regional, and national employers. You are highly encouraged to frequently access your Handshake account
Employers also utilize the database to search for student resumes and to schedule on-campus interviews. It is highly beneficial to upload and publish your resume via the system’s resume books.
Employers have posted positions looking specifically for Marymount University students and alumni. Access the Handshake calendar for announcements regarding special career-related events on campus, recruiters coming on campus, and other job fairs in the local area that may be related to your field of interest.
*For additional information about finding internships, email Career Services, call us at (703) 284-5960 or visit Rowley Hall, Suite 1005.