Published: March 25, 2024

student at career fairThe end of the semester is approaching, but there is still time to find a summer internship. Career Services offers resources to help students prepare for their internship search. Check out these tips to help you get motivated and make your search more effective. 

Search more efficiently

Setting up saved searches on employment platforms can be a huge help in finding opportunities. For example, if you set up a saved search in Handshake, you’ll get an email when a new posting that meets your search criteria is added. This way, you won’t have to check Handshake daily or re-enter your search parameters each time. Many employment pages and platforms like LinkedIn offer similar search capabilities. 

If you don’t have a Handshake account yet, review these tips to help you complete your profile.

Get organized

You want to be ready to act when you find a job posting that interests you. Create a template resume with your experience, skills and accomplishments. This core document can be your starting point as you tailor your experience and examples for each application. This allows you to focus on adapting your resume and cover letter rather than starting from scratch each time. Learn more about writing resumes and use the AI resume builder by Quinncia to get instant feedback to improve your resume.  

Once you submit your job application, start preparing for interviews. Begin with reviewing commonly asked questions and writing out your answers. Next, practice answering questions out loud. Work with a friend, family member or career development advisor who will provide helpful feedback. You can also use the AI mock interview tool by Quinncia to practice and prepare for interviews. Knowing how to confidently talk about yourself and your experiences can set you apart from other candidates. 

Like your resume, your LinkedIn profile will need to tell your professional story. 84% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates, and you’ll want to ensure your profile is complete and accurate. Think about each component of your profile and highlight your strengths. Check out these tips for optimizing your LinkedIn profile

Connect with others

Even if it feels like you don’t have a professional network yet, you’re a part of the Buff community. Whether you want to work at a specific company or in a particular field, the network of CU Boulder alumni can help. Join the Forever Buffs Network to start making connections. 

Your family, friends, professors and supervisors can also be great resources. Let them know what you are looking for and how they may be helpful. They may be available for proofreading or to connect you to a hiring manager with a great opportunity. It never hurts to ask. 

You can also find career events, workshops, fairs and other opportunities to connect with others through Career Services. As always, career development advisors are here to help you in your search. Learn more about getting started with Career Services