Creating Your Own Internship
While creating your own internship takes research and resourcefulness, you may find that it is well worth your time. Not only will you be creating a position that meets your individual needs, but you will also be practicing the job hunting skills that will be needed later when you seek full-time employment.
While the Career Center job bank contains many excellent openings it should not be your only resource. Use as many resources in your search as you can find. Don't limit yourself by applying to only one or two. The following guidelines should get you started.
Explore options and identify prospective internship sites and contacts:
Written (or online) resources:
- Career Center Job Bank
- Career Center Resource Library. Internship directories listing national and international internship opportunities – The Internship Bible, Peterson's Guide to Internships, Bext 109 Internships, Back Door Guide to Short-Term Adventures, Internships…. Non-Profit Directories (Community Assistance Directory is just one example).
- UTSA Library. Business Directories and databases. Directories to national associations. Employer directories and guides may list names/addresses, sometimes by geographic area and type of industry.
- Websites. See our list of internship websites [link to website listing]. Also do a 'Google' search for 'internship' and the field you are interested in pursuing’ to see what you can find.
- Career Center Employer Files. We maintain a file of employer materials for those companies interested in UTSA students.
- Association publications or websites. Many professional associations offer information on internship programs which are not widely advertised.
- Magazines and/or newspapers. Career sections of magazines can provide helpful tips on careers and internship opportunities. Career Center receives several magazines which are free to students and have valuable internship information in them.
- Job Choices – a free magazine available at Career Center, in particular, contains a list of companies interested in hiring interns.
- Telephone book. The Yellow Pages are always a good source of names of businesses you may want to contact.
- Your academic department (they may even have an internship coordinator)
- Professors/Teaching Assistants
- Classmates (they may even know someone who’s leaving an internship and looking to find a replacement)
- Career Fair employers
- Classroom speakers
- Career Center and University staff
- UTSA Alumni Association
- Volunteer agencies (Sometimes they need help but are unable to pay for it. This would be a valuable way for you to gain experience.)
- Professional organizations
Use these resources to develop a list of companies that you are interested in pursuing. Now that you have a list of potential companies you’re ready for the next step. If an internship program already exists, you simply need to prepare and apply for it. If an internship does not currently exist, your job is to convince the company that they need to hire someone and that you’re the best one for the position.