Internship and Job Search | Webster University

Internship and Job Search

Looking for an internship or job requires a commitment of time and energy and a dedication to employing multiple strategies. The areas below provide resources to enhance your approach as you navigate the steps from finding your favorite employers to being offered a position. 

Connect to Employers

Networking is an absolute necessity in your internship or job search. Most hires are made with referrals, so it's important to understand who you know, who you want to know, and how to reach out. Remember, connecting to employers doesn't mean asking for a job. These strategies are about building two-way relationships that could lead to future partnerships of all kinds. 

Find Connections

Building Your Contact Network 
Who do you already know? Use this guide to brainstorm about your current connections.

PDF Researching Careers and Employers
Use the resources in this guide to identify employers that fit your interests and to learn about their practices, projects, and recent updates.

PDF Internship and Job Search Strategies
Download the Career Planning & Development Center's guide to searching for jobs and internships. The “Identify Employers Section” provides special assistance on how to find people in your fields of interest.

The Career Planning & Development Center‘s online career management platform includes an employer directory. Find organizations that are already familiar with Webster.

Campus or Departmental Events
Speakers, alumni, and community members are often invited to events on campus. Check your Webster University email account and stay connected to your academic department to gain awareness of these events.

Student Organizations
Student groups, especially those affiliated with an academic major or career path, may engage employers as speakers or mentors. Get involved with groups related to your areas of interest.

Alumni can provide wonderful insight into their experience and can provide information about their place of work. Ask professors to connect you to alumni, seek them out via social or professional networking sites like LinkedIn, or participate in the Webster University Mentoring Program. If you've already graduated, join the Webster University Alumni Online Community to connect with other alumni.

Professional Associations
Professional associations are groups of people who work in the same field. Their websites can provide extensive information about the occupation such as up-to-date knowledge and research findings, industry news, certification/licensure requirements, accredited graduate school directories, mentor programs, and much more. Members gather on a regular basis to network and develop professional knowledge. Use a search engine to seek out professional associations related to your field or the National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States directory available at libraries.

Social and Professional Networking Sites
Social media sites can allow you to cultivate relationships with people who are geographically distant or who you wouldn't be able to find in other settings. Before using these sites in your networking plan, review how to responsibly connect online in Digital Identity.

Make Contact

PDFIntroduce Yourself
Prepare a brief summary about yourself (also known as an elevator pitch) so that you feel confident reaching out to others. 

PDF Informational Interviewing
Speak to professionals working for employers of interest to gather information about their career and experience and to build an ongoing relationship. 


Locate Openings

While there are a variety of strategies that you may utilize when conducting an internship or job search, identifying openings to which you can apply is an important piece of the process. In conjunction with networking, knowing where to locate open positions will expand your options. 

PDF Internship and Job Search Strategies
Download the Career Planning & Development Center's guide to searching for jobs and internships to learn about the numerous ways to identify openings.

Handshake is the Career Planning & Development Center's online job, internship, and student employment search database. This system also provides career-related event information and opportunities to research employers.

GoinGlobal is an international career information website that includes profiles for 24 countries and 40 U.S. cities. GoinGlobal career and employment resources include world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information. To access GoinGlobal, log in to your Handshake account and select GoinGlobal from your homepage.

Job Search Engines
Access a list of industry-specific job search engines.



Although many positions are filled through a referral, in most cases you'll still need to go through the application process. Often, employers use online applicant tracking systems that are individualized for each company, making you have to pay close attention every time you submit an application. Here are some tips for navigating the application process.

  1. Read the job description to make sure you meet the requirements – apply if you meet at least 70% of the requirements
  2. PDF Research the employer – know why you want to work there and how you can contribute to the organization
  3. Customize your resume and cover letter to address the skills requested in the job description and to explain your interest in the company
  4. Add key words to your application materials – both recruiters and applicant tracking systems scan for language included in the job description
  5. Read and follow all of the application instructions – even the best candidates can be overlooked if they don't follow guidelines
  6. Complete all fields of online applications to the best of your ability
  7. Triple check that your resume, cover letter, and online application are free of errors before submitting
  8. Follow up one to two weeks after submitting your application – make sure your materials were received and ask about the hiring timeline
  9. Keep a record of your applications, job descriptions, and interactions with recruiters so that you can track when you applied and when you need to follow up 

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