Applying for Opportunities
Preparing for a search, whether it’s for an internship, summer job, or job after graduation, takes time and effort. We recommend taking your search step by step.
Step One: Target Your Research!
- Use Handshake as a home base to start searching. Branch out to other online resources to help widen your search.
- Target your search by identifying potential organizations. Consider your preferences by industry, geographic location, workplace culture, and more. We can help you refine your search, including introducing you to resources such as Google Maps or local and regional professional associations.
- Polish your online presence. Did you know that it’s legal in most states for people to make hiring decisions based on your social media postings? Do a Google search of your name (both images and text results) and edit your privacy settings.
Step Two: Create Your Professional Portfolio and Network!
- Prepare your first draft of your professional portfolio, with the help of a Career and Community Engagement staff member.
- Begin networking in your intended geographic area or industry.
Step Three: Apply and Interview!
Apply for positions - the more competitive the opportunity, the earlier the deadline. Begin your research early and make sure your professional portfolio is ready to go so when you find an opportunity you will be ready to apply.
Start preparing for interviews before you get offers. Get advice and participate in mock interviews with a Career and Community Engagement staff member.
If you are not graduating, apply for summer funding using the Common Grant application.