Get Started & Find Opportunities

Where to Start?  

The type of experience you seek should relate to career interests and the skills most relevant to that occupation and field. Consider the following:

  • Clarify your interests, assess yourself, and explore how your interests related to careers and industry areas. To further explore your career interests, come to drop-in at our Career Resource Room or meet with a counselor
  • Research occupations, qualifications and potential paths towards that career field to best align your experience now with your preparation for a future job 
  • 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
  • Explore opportunities and resources below and prepare for the application and interview process

Top Ways to Gain Experience & Find Opportunities—for all majors & careers

Career Services Resources

On-Campus & UCSB Affiliated—Internships & Related Opportunities

General Search Sites

Opportunities by Interests

Use the categories below to research strategies, internships, and related opportunities that provide occupation and field specific training and experience. 

Find Leads & Create an Opportunity

Not all organizations post an internship announcement on a job board. Be proactive and identify organizations you are interested in connecting with and going directly to their company website to seek opportunities. Use resources like the book of lists in the Career Resource Room, which allows you to easily review companies by geographic region, and LinkedIn as tools to identify company leads, see where alumni interned, and connect with hiring managers.

Can't find an advertised opportunity? Create and pitch a position or project! Reach out directly to organizations to introduce yourself. For internships, research the company and similar internship/job descriptions to familiarize yourself with the necessary qualifications, projects and responsibilities of a position in the industry. Then, draft an internship pitch or proposal that outlines your goals, the types of projects you are seeking, how your professional interests and current strengths relate to the organization, and the logistics a company would need to know to evaluate their ability to host an intern.  Use the Internship Toolkit to easily organize this information in preparation for a proposal.

If you are seeking other hard-to-discover opportunities besides internships, create your own experience!  Meet with a faculty member to inquire about research, contact an orgazination to see if you can develop a volunteering opportunity, or start a campus organization that fufills a particular passion or career goal.