Tips for Success

The internship search can be overwhelming. Follow this advice to increase your chance for success during your internship search.

Keep Your Résumé Updated

  • Your résumé serves as a first impression. Grammatical mistakes, formatting inconsistencies and outdated or irrelevant information will compromise your chances of landing an interview.
  • Update your résumé at least once per semester. Add new information such as internships, club activities or relevant class projects. 
  • Leave high school information off your résumé once you have reached sophomore year.

Network

Each year almost half of our reported internships are found through networking.

  • Attendance at job fairs, campus workshops, membership in student clubs and professional organizations, and participation in volunteer work are just some of the great strategies to make connections.
  • Create a one-minute personal commercial, or elevator speech. Practice this brief, self-introduction to deliver in any setting.
  • You may also consider using an online networking site to make connections with potential internship employers.
  • Explore Mentorlink, a service provided to you by the Career Resource Center and found on LinkedIn. Type UB School of Management Mentorlink into the search field and request to join the group.
  • A business card speaks volumes about your professionalism and maturity and is great asset at networking events. Create a business card with your name, contact information and concentration area.