Prepare & Apply

Most internship opportunities will require a formal application process, although this process will vary for each company. Commonly, employers will request applicants to submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake. The application process may also include one or more rounds of interviews and applicants whom network will stand out even more. Here are resources to assist you during the preparation and application process:

Prepare & Connect

Network & LinkedIn

Did you know that 50-75% of good jobs come from friends—by word of mouth?

  • Start talking to your classmates, peers in student orgs, and coworkers about their experience and internships. Also consider other people in your “warm network” such as friends, relatives, current supervisors, and professors). Stop by office hours, send a short email, or give them a call to ask for advice and help given your areas of interests.
  • Network online by using LinkedIn to research and connect with the professional world and to manage your online resume and virtual portfolio

Internships and Earning Academic Credit

We recognize that some students and/or employers may seek academic credit associated with an internship. In general, UCSB does not require student interns to receive academic credit related to an internship and the availability of earning credit related to internships varies in each academic department. Career Services does not provide academic credit and is not authorized to sign internship agreements.

Students and employers interested in academic credit associated with internships should consider these items:

  • Students do not receive credit for an internship alone, and departmental availability for coursework associated with internships will vary across majors. Departments will require specific coursework, research, and prerequisites for any courses associated with an internship in order to earn credit.
  • Interns may consider providing proof of UCSB enrollment to employers in order to meet certain company intern hiring needs. Students should consult their internship supervisor first. Proof of UCSB enrollment can be requested through the UCSB Office of The Registrar or student GOLD account.
  • UCSB Career Services does not provide academic credit and is not authorized to sign internship agreements. We can provide general guidance to FAQs and referral to appropriate resources. Contact the Internship Development Coordinator

How to earn academic credit associated with an internship?

Students should consult academic departments and the course catalogue about availability of courses, including 199 Independent Research courses.

  • Securing an internship is not a guarantee of receiving academic credit.
  • Availability and requirements vary greatly across majors for courses related to earning academic credit associated with internships. Most departments do not offer credit for internships alone; they require specific coursework associated with an internship in order to earn academic credit.  
  • Students should consult their academic department and/or another college if they want to pursue credit options associated with an internship.

The Internship Toolkit

The Internship Toolkit can be used by students and employers independently to record and streamline employer expectations and student intern participation. The template forms in the Toolkit should be used to plan mutual learning outcomes that reflect an educative experience and to provide feedback throughout the internship experience.

How To Use Toolkit:

  1. To access the Tookit, email the Experiential Iniatives Team at
  2. Review the Toolkit resources with your employer and make a plan together about how you will utilize the template forms and guidelines to meet the needs of the internship experience.
  3. Students and internship supervisors should collaboratively complete the Intake and Learning Objectives Form and Feedback Form templates to better structure the internship and expectations, identifying the process that will be most efficient for the particular experience.
  4. Students may also consider adapting these forms to propose internship positions or projects to employers, or as supplemental support when pursuing independent research or academic programs.
  5. These templates can also provide a framework for discussions between supervisors and interns about recommendations and letters of reference, proposals for increased intern responsibility, or consideration for future employment.