Finding An Internship

Finding Opportunities

There are a variety of ways to locate internships in your area of interest. The more extensive your research, the more likely you are the find the opportunity that best fits your needs.

  • Access your account - each student is set-up with a account. With this system you can research employers, apply for jobs & internships, begin the internship registration process and participate in on-campus interviews and mock (practice) interviews.

  • You can also use other online sites to search for internship opportunities -  LinkedIn - Search for an Internship,, Idealist

  • Attend a Job & Internship Fair! Pomerantz Career Center sponsors a fair each semester for all business, liberal arts & sciences majors. Employers will be in attendance to speak with you about their internship and full-time employment opportunities. This is a great networking opportunity!

  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor - to find or develop an internship opportunity that is right for you. Receive help to create or update your resume and cover letter as well as polish your interviewing skills. During the school year, you can also meet with a Peer Advisor for a resume or cover letter review. Please visit the Career Center website for our walk-in hours. 

  • Use professional association websites and job/internship engines specific to your field - Visit the Research Majors page and your Career Community for field specific resources.

  • Department Resources - Visit with your Academic Advisor or the departmental internship coordinator to find out about academic internship courses or opportunities offered through your major department. Tips for Networking Within Your Academic Department

  • Hone your professional introduction and consider how you can network your way into an internship and use social media (LinkedIn) to your advantage.

  • Network with family, friends, and campus contacts. Let others know the types of opportunities you are looking for and share your resume with them. Visit Networking Shorts to watch a short video on Networking tips.

  • Watch the Career Center Panel video on how your peers found their internship, their tips for interviewing, what they learned, and more!

Fee-based Programs

Another option is participating in a fee-based program where you are placed in an internship as part of the program.  The University of Iowa collaborates with the following programs:

The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers University of Iowa students the opportunity to work in dozens of fields in private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. TWC's academic internship program is available for students of any major, including the social sciences, humanities, engineering, science, math, the fine arts, and health professions. Successful completion of a fall or spring semester internship will earn 12-15 academic credits; successful completion of a summer internship will earn 6-9 academic credits. International internship placements are available through TWC's London program.

The Des Moines Center Internship Program

The Des Moines Center Internship Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to live in Des Moines for a full semester or summer while interning in one of many positions in the business, non-profit, and government sectors.  Interns in the DMIP gain real-world working experience, make important connections, and build their leadership skills and résumés while working toward the completion of their University of Iowa degree.

IES Internships Abroad

Earn 3 to 9 credits while participating in a full-time, 8 week summer internship in Barcelona, Berlin, Cape Town, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, or Sydney. Internships are customized and guaranteed in the field of your choice.

Creating Your Own Opportunity

Don't be afraid to seek your own internship opportunities. Several organizations, especially non-profits, may not have the budget or staff to promote available internships, but that doesn't mean they aren't looking for students to assist them. If you have an interest in working for a particular company, contact them! Tell them you are looking for an internship, discuss your skills and qualifications, and talk about why you have an interest in their organization. They may have various volunteer opportunities that can be turned into internships or they may allow you to submit a project proposal! 

In addition, consider how those around you can assist you. Share your resume and speak with family, friends and campus contacts about your career goals and the type of internship that interests you. Your network can also be extremely helpful in referring you to additional contacts and opportunities! 

Even if you find an internship on your own, if it meets the requirements, you can still register it through the Pomerantz Career Center or your academic department. 

Funding Opportunities

Looking to fund your internship, service-learning, or research? Use these PDF iconFunding Resources to make your experiential education happen!