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Upcoming Events:

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Mosher Alumni House

This is a premier internship-focused recruitment event for students to connect with on-campus departments looking to hire interns and leaders!

This networking-style opportunity will help you build your Gaucho network and prepare you to gain professional experience on-campus in a variety of positions. This is not your traditional career fair. For the first half-hour, we’ll turn the tables and have each employer give a quick sales pitch to introduce their internship or leadership position. Next you’ll have an open networking session for students to connect with employers and learn more about the positions and application process. This event is free to attend and business casual attire is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Open to students of all majors, and highly encouraged for freshman, sophomore and junior standing.




Focus on Internships 2014

According to a recent survey by the National Association for Colleges and Employers, 75% of employers prefer to hire applicants with relevant work experience.  Where can you get relevant experience?  Internships! Landing an internship is a chance to apply your knowledge in a real world situation that gives you a taste for an industry you may be interested in pursuing after graduation. Internships can be paid or unpaid and you can seek opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Make sure to review our calendar for this week's activities and workshops to prepare for your internship search or network with employers. Come by the Career Resource Room for Drop-in Advising Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HOT Internship Resources:


GAUCHOLINK is UCSB’s database of internships, part-time and full-time jobs by location and career functions. New positions are posted daily!

Find an Internship

FIND INTERNSHIP POSTINGS, search engines, and organizations to support your internship exploration. You can filter your search by interest, location, and internships related to your major in order to navigate this extensive list of resources

Handout Hub

Visit the HANDOUT HUB (online or in the Career Resource Room) for industry specific resources and links to assist in your internship search!

Search INTERNSHIPS.COM the world’s largest internship marketplace with 62,255 internship positions from 27,536 companies located in 2,957 cities across all 50 states. Register for a free account using your UCSB Umail account.

Review UCSB's Guidlines for Successfully Handling Job Offers so that you are successful in your internship search!

Benchmarks from 2014 Internship Survey

  • 96.9% of responding employers plan to hire interns and/or co-op students in 2014.
  • Recruiting new hires is the primary focus of internship programs by 77.6% of employers and co-op programs by 62.6% of employers.
  • 62.3% of an intern/co-op’s time is allocated to analytical, problem-solving, and project management-related tasks.
  • Recruiters prefer high-touch recruiting methods for intern/co-op recruiting.
  • Career fairs and on-campus recruiting comprise more than half of employers’ recruiting budgets for interns and co-op students.
  • Career fairs and on-campus recruiting are rated highest in effectiveness for recruiting interns and co-ops.
  • Employers choose schools for recruiting interns and co-ops based on academic majors offered, perceived quality of the programs, and past recruiting experience at the school.
  • Employers reported that 97.5% of their internships would be paid in 2014.
  • The average hourly wage for interns at the bachelor’s degree level is $16.35.
  • The average hourly wage for interns at a master’s degree level is $22.50.
  • The most frequently offered benefits include planned social activities, paid holidays, and recognition for work service time.
  • Employers made full-time offers to 64.8% of their interns; 56.8% of their co-op students.
  • 79% of interns accepted a full-time job offer with their internship employer; 82.2% of co-op students accepted a full-time job offer.
  • After one year, employers retain about three-quarters of their new college hires who have internship experience.
  • After one year, employers retain more than 50% of new hires who completed a co-op program.

Source: 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers