Let Career Services be your guide through finding and applying for an internship. Below is a step-by-step process to help ease your stress. The most effective way to obtain an internship is to combine a variety of strategies and to meet one-on-one with a Career Services professional. To set up an appointment, contact Career Services at 315-229-5906.
STEP 1. LEARN ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS
STEP 2. LOG ONTO SAINTSLINK
- Your user name is your SLU e-mail address, and your password is your student ID number. This tool features a calendar of Career Services events and deadlines and searchable databases of employers, jobs, and internships. Fill out your SAINTSLink Profile to receive emails about internship opportunities that may interest you.
STEP 3. PRIORITIZE
- Decide what you are looking for and what will make your internship meaningful. This will help you focus your search.
STEP 4: ATTEND AN INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP
- These brief workshops can familiarize you with available internship resources. Check our calendar for times and dates.
STEP 5: START RESEARCHING POSSIBLE INTERNSHIPS
We recommend targeting at least 10-20 opportunities to which you’d like to apply.
STEP 6: PREPARE A RESUME AND COVER LETTER, AND HAVE A STAFF MEMBER CRITIQUE THEM BOTH
- If you’ve never written one of these before, consulting the online Resume Guidebook or Professional Correspondence Guidebook may help. Be sure to leave time for revisions!
- Resume Guidebook
- Professional Correspondence Guidebook
STEP 7: BEGIN VERIFYING INTERNSHIP INFORMATION
- There is nothing worse than preparing an application only to find out that it went to the wrong person or lacked required information. Contact organizations to verify the availability of the internship, application deadline, required materials, and the name and address of the contact person.
STEP 8: APPLY
STEP 9: FOLLOW UP ON YOUR APPLICATIONS
- Contact the employer directly no later than 10 days after submitting your application. Make sure that he/she received your materials, express your interest in the position, and ask for an interview. There is a chance that this conversation could turn into a phone interview, so make sure you've done your homework about the organization first!
STEP 10: DEFINE YOUR PLAN OF ACTION
- For each internship to which you’ve applied, find out what their search time line is, and organize your action steps around that. Decide how often you will call, and what your next steps will be.
STEP 11: SEND A THANK YOU NOTE
- Always send a thank you note after an interview. This not only impresses the interviewer, it is an excellent way to restate your interest in the internship and address any questions that came up during your interview.
- Professional Correspondence Guidebook
STEP 12: ALWAYS HAVE A "PLAN B"
- Have alternate plans if your dream internship does not come through.
STEP 13: NOTIFY CAREER SERVICES OF YOUR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
- You can contact Career Services at 315-229-5906 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 14: REVIEW FUNDING OPTIONS
STEP 15: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
- Steps for how to maximize your internship experience, how to integrate what you learn during your placement, and how to use the experience to enhance your career development.
- Making the Most of Your Internship
RECRUITING GUIDELINES FOR ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
The St. Lawrence University recruiting program is a valuable service to both students and recruiters. Therefore, we ask that all participants conduct themselves professionally and act in good faith regarding the application, interview, and employment offer process. Students participating in the recruiting program are expected to adhere to the Career Services guidelines. These guidelines are in place to insure the integrity of the program for all participants. Career Services provides students the opportunity to participate in on- and off-campus recruiting for internships, post-graduate employment and post-graduate education. On-campus recruiting is limited to currently matriculated students. Participation in the recruiting program is a privilege, revocable without written notification.
REPRESENTATION All information that is submitted to Career Services or directly to a recruiter must be accurate. In addition to concerns of ethics and integrity, many recruiters verify information that is submitted by candidates. Any situation of falsified information in a SAINTSLink profile, resume, cover letter, application or other candidate documentation will result in limited access to the SAINTSLink recruiting system. If you repeat this behavior more than once, you could potentially lose access to all recruiting privileges for the remainder of the current academic semester.
INTERVIEWS An interview is a professional commitment. Students are expected to attend all scheduled interviews for both on- and off- campus opportunities. For on-campus interviews students should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time and for off-campus interviews students must follow time guidelines provided for each event. Students are expected to dress in appropriate professional attire for all interviews unless specifically exempted by the recruiting organization. Failure to keep an appointment or late notification of cancellation is unacceptable.
Cancellations – Cancellations are prohibited without sufficient notice. Any student who fails to give at least 48 hours notice will need to provide a letter of apology to Career Services that will be sent to the recruiter.
No Shows – Any student who does not show up for an interview will be suspended from on- and off- campus recruiting until they schedule an appointment with the a Career Services staff member to discuss the reason for missing the interview. They will also need to provide a letter of apology to Career Services that will be sent to the recruiter. If the student repeats this action, the student will forfeit recruiting privileges indefinitely.
EMPLOYMENT OFFERS Once an employment offer has been accepted, students are no longer eligible to apply or interview for positions. Students must withdraw all outstanding applications and cancel any scheduled interviews. Any student who continues to interview after accepting employment will lose access to all recruiting privileges for the remainder of the current academic year.
These guidelines are not all-inclusive. They are intended to serve as a framework within which the career planning and recruitment processes should function, and as a professional standard to be observed. If you have questions please contact Career Services.