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The Search Process

Whether you are searching for an internship, co-op or a job, the process remains the same.  There is no one "right" way to go about your search, and it is important that you use a diverse approach to your search.  In other words "don't put all your eggs in one basket".

Search Steps

  • The competition for internships continues to grow and strengthen, so it's important to start your internship search early; as early as a year before you want to start.  Many companies, especially major and mid-major, start their hiring process a year in advance.

    As for the market for full-time employment; it remains as competitive as ever.  Take part in as many experiential learning opportunities as you can to build your resume.  By the start of your senior year, you should have a solid search plan outlined and ready to go to find that first job out-of-college!

  • Yes, you have options!  We encourage you to identify experiences that match your interests, skills and program of study.  Still not sure what those opportunities might be?  Then review our Major Cards, explore Candid Career, or stop by the Career Studio and use Burning Glass.


    • Prepare essential job search materials like your resume and cover letter. Remember that each of these should be tailored specifically for each position that you apply for.
    • Practice your interviewing skills with a Mock Interview on Eastern Career Network, or in person at the Center.
    • Identify at least 3 people to use as references.  Be sure to reach out to them and ask if they  are willing to be a positive reference and if you can share their names and contact information during your search.
    • Don't know who to use as a reference?  Professors, Mentors, Supervisors, Coaches, and Advisors can all fit the role.
    • Create an Excel spreadsheet (or similar document) to keep track of the positions you have applied to and the steps you have taken.
    • Set aside time each day to devote to your search and create obtainable goals. For example, today I will identify 5 opportunities to apply to.
    • Once you have accomplished your job search goals for the day, reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.
    • Make sure your phone voicemail is working AND has a suitable message for employers to hear.
    • Check your voicemail and emails daily once you start applying. Don't miss out on an opportunity because you forgot to check your in-box!
    • Looking for your next opportunity takes time and effort. Patience and persistence will pay off in the long run.
    • The most important key to job search success is to follow up! If you have not heard from an employer within 10-14 days, contact the employer to confirm the receipt of your application materials.
    • The search process can be very fluid, and deadlines can come and go.  If the employer has not contacted you within the time-frame they gave, reach out to them. Politely inquire where they are in the hiring process and express your continued interest in the position.
  • There are many resources available to you to search for and identify internship and job opportunities.  For a list of our suggested search tools, click here.