One of the most important steps in your career development is gaining experience, such as internships. These opportunities help you connect your academic preparation to the world of work as you explore career fit and strengthen your resume to become competitive for either occupations or graduate school. Some occupations may also have common paths to gain experience and enter the field. For instance, certain industries and organizations may provide more opportunities to gain experience through volunteering rather than starting with a formal internship. It’s important to explore those paths and qualifications of the field to help inform your own goals in gaining experience.

Not sure where to start? Consider these steps:

  1. Clarify your interests, assess yourself, and explore how your interests related to careers and industry areas
  2. Research occupations, qualifications and potential paths towards that career field to best align your experience now with your preparation for a future job 
  3. Assess your current level of experience and where you should start—For instance, many competitive internships look for previous part-time work or leadership experience which may necessitate pursuing part-time jobs and volunteer experience to begin your path
  4. Explore opportunities and resources below and prepare for the application and interview process

Sites with Listings and On-Campus Recruitment Events

Sites with Listings


On-Campus & Local- Internships & Opportunities



  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society - Posts opportunities to external internships both local and national
  • Los Ingenieros - Posts opportunities to external internships both local and national
  • On-Campus Jobs handout
  • Education Abroad Program - Integrate study abroad into your college academic plan and explore the many internship and volunteer opportunities available to EAP students abroad.
  • UCDC - The UC Washington Program provides students with a unique opportunity to live, work as interns, and study in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
  • UCCS - The UC Center in Sacramento provides a unique experiential learning opportunity to participate in internships, academic coursework, and observe the public policy process in our state's capital.




State, National, International- Internship Programs & Related Opportunitues

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Find & Develop Your Own Internship

If you wish to propose an internship to a company that does not have an advertised position or a formal program, consider using Career's Internship Toolkit to help plan your proposal and agreement. The Toolkit offers tips and guidelines to help plan internship experiences, set expectations with supervisors, and reflect on the experience. The Internship Toolkit is available to download in the Document Library which can be accessed from your Resources tab when logged into GauchoLink