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Finding an Internship

Why should you consider an internship?

Internships are a great way to:

  • Acquire professional work experience related to your academic major or career interest.
  • Apply theories learned in the classroom to the workplace.
  • Acquire a better understanding of the professional demands and requirements of a particular career field.
  • Gain confidence in making the transition from the academic atmosphere to the world of work.

Instructions on how to find an internship

  1. Put together a resume and a rough draft of a cover letter. You can get information on how to write resumes and cover letters on the Perfect Your Job Search Materials web page or pick up a Resume/Cover Letter packet in the Career Services office. Use a blank word document to compose your resume. We recommend that you do NOT use the resume template program in Word.
  2. Make an appointment to have a professional in Career Services critique your resume and cover letter. Next, make appropriate changes to the resume and cover letter and have someone in Career Services look over it one more time if necessary. Both your resume and cover letter should be error free when you send it out to employers. Misspellings and grammatical errors make a very bad first impression and will most likely prevent you from getting an interview.
  3. Determine where you want to do an internship (in Dubuque, in a particular city, or are you open to going anywhere?)
  4. Register in the Clarke University Career Services Office for their Resume Referral services.
  5. Stop in Career Services to use our resources or make an appointment with a professional in Career Services to get individual assistance finding an internship.
  6. Research the organization before applying and be sure to include specific information on why you want to work for that organization in your cover letter. Send out resumes and cover letters or inquiry letters on resume paper to apply. You can also see if the company accepts applications via email or has an online application process. If they do, be sure to send both your resume and cover letter and any additional information they request.
  7. Attend Career/Internship Fairs. Hand out your resume and talk to employers about internship opportunities with their organization. (See How to Work a Career Fair Quick Card.)
  8. Determine whether you wish to receive elective credit for the internship. If so, you must stop in Career Services for the necessary paperwork. The deadline for registering for credit is the second week of classes each semester; therefore, you will want to be accepted as an intern with an organization before this deadline. (See also, Internship for Credit Quick Card.)
  9. Take the time to thoroughly research the organization before interviewing with them. Interviewers are very impressed with interviewees who know a lot about their organization so this step is extremely important.
  10. Check out Career Services’ resources on interviewing and schedule a mock interview with a professional in Career Services if you are nervous about the interviewing process.

Internship Search Resources InternshipConnect

Learn. Intern. Employ. Enjoy! Here you will find internship postings from a variety of Dubuque area employers, their profiles, and links to their websites. Videos of interns are also accessible from this website.

Back Door Adventures

Are you looking for opportunities to work, travel, play, learn, help, create, experience and grow in the U.S. or abroad? Come explore, dream, discover and do with Short-Term Job Adventures!

Get your career started today! Build your resume, research companies, apply to openings and much more. CCC is your gateway to jobs and internships locally, nationally, and worldwide. Visiting foreign national students… services in the areas of global recruitment, visa preparation, immigration consulting, and cross-cultural integration.

College Internships

Perform a quick keyword search or use the Advanced search feature to limit yourself to a specific location, industry focus, or other criteria. is used by students who are seeking part-time jobs or internships and graduates who are seeking full-time career or continuing education opportunities. Candidates should search both the job and educational opportunity postings on our website by going to our search page and submitting their resume to our free resume bank.

Experience is the premier resource for students and young professionals beginning their careers. From researching a company and finding a job to reading about the latest workplace trends, has it all. Search through our database of thousands of jobs and internships to find the right one. Get started by entering a quick search, or for more detail try a job search or internship search.

Federal Internship from the Washington DC JobSource

Links to the internship opportunities available in each agency or department including a list of links to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and internships offered in their offices.

With offices in the United States (New York, NY, Portland, OR, and Washington DC) and Argentina (Buenos Aires), is an interactive website that consists of over 57,000 nonprofit and community organizations in over 180 different countries. was developed as a project through Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization established in 1995 to connect individuals and institutions interested in making their communities and world a better place in which to live.

Indeed is a robust job search engine displaying opportunities from all over the country. Simply type “internship” in as a keyword and enter the city, state or zip code that you would like to search.

A global database of internships and entry-level positions for students, recent graduates and career changers. Search our job database by keyword or by location. Employers post internships and entry-level jobs for FREE.

InternMatch is the leading internship resource in the US that focuses on showcasing startup, nonprofit, and uniquely amazing internships for students. We currently work with companies like Pixar, SalesForce, and CBS Interactive, over 175 universities such as University of Chicago and NYU, and have been covered by major publications such as The Wall Street Journal and TIME. gives you complete control over your internship search and application process. This is a FREE service and joining takes only a few seconds.’s mission is to democratize the opportunity and access for all students preparing to stand out and be hired as interns by organizations, worldwide, with a vested interest in the workforce of tomorrow.

Check out Iowa’s largest job bank provided by Iowa Workforce Development.


Find your road to success

One Day, One Internship

The insider’s guide to unique and exciting internship opportunities for college students. Immerse yourself in our employer profiles and discover how you can become a smarter internship searcher. This site blogs about internship opportunities with various employers. Yes, they link to those opportunities, but the real value here is the discussion of what you can expect and what kinds of internships are available from each employer. It’s a new site, but already valuable.

Smithsonian Internships

Internships at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums and other organizations affiliated with the Smithsonian.

Student Conservation Association

Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides expense-paid environmental conservation and cultural preservation internships. SCA is all about wild and wonderful places, gaining valuable professional experience, deep satisfaction, and, of course, adventure! SCA has been placing interns in national parks, forests, and historic sites across the country since 1957.

Syracuse University Summer Programs Abroad

Each summer, Syracuse University offers students stimulating and productive internship programs designed to provide new career paths and personal growth. Interns assume full time, unpaid positions with selected companies or organizations. They are expected to adapt to the work environment and regulations of their placement, adhering to the hours required of full-time employees. There is no language requirement.

U.S. Senate

This website allows you to search for Senators by state and connects you to their websites. Once you are linked to a particular Senator’s website, you will be able to search for internship positions with that Senator and learn how to apply.

Washington Center, The

A nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization in Washington D.C. that provides students opportunities to work and study in Washington.

Washington Internship Institute

A project of the Institute for Experiential Learning, this is a Washington-based program designed to provide substantive internship experiences through numerous programs, all of which are based in Washington D.C. Housing information can be located through WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing).

Washington Internship Program

Make future contacts. Guaranteed placement. Earn college credit. Executive housing. Skill building: writing and interviewing clinics. Individual counseling. Guest speakers. Job-Bank provides paid part-time employment. Weekend retreats on Chincoteague Island. Housing information can be located through WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing).

White House Fellowships

This site spans multiple fields and provides gifted young Americans firsthand experience in the process of government, either in the Office of the President or in one of the cabinet-level agencies. You’ll find information about applying here.