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Applying for an Internship

Step 1

Attend an Internship workshop. Check the list of Workshops and register for a Workshop that works for you.

  • Find out how to research and apply for internships.
  • Set up your account on HANDSHAKE, Villanova’s go-to resource for jobs, internships, events, and more.
  • Review other internship search resources here.

Step 2

Research opportunities and industries through the following resources:

  • Opportunities listed on HANDSHAKE.
  • The Featured Internships of the week in the Email CLAS Newswire, those high lit via the OUS Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.
  • Explore websites of specific employers.
  • Research your network, including family, faculty, friends, and alumni.
  • Professional organizations and associations.
  • Conduct informational interviews. Explore the Nova Network.
  • Utilize Social Media websites such as LinkedIn. Don't forget to join the VU Student & Alumni Mentoring Group on LinkedIn.
  • Wetfeet and The Vault resources on the Career Center’s website and the O*Net website.
  • See the Calendar of Events for information on Internship specific events.
  • For further information on applying for internships and for a list of workshops, visit the Career Center.

Step 3

Prepare your Résumé and Cover Letter.

  • Attend Résumé Writing workshops available through the Career Center, Garey Hall.
  • Review résumé examples and construct your résumé.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in the Career Center, Garey Hall.
  • Upload your resume to HANDSHAKE.
  • Develop targeted cover letters to market your skills.
  • Attend the Cover Letter Workshop. See the Workshops section to the right for upcoming workshop dates.
  • Meet with the Director of Internships to discuss your résumé and cover letter.

Step 4

Prepare for your Interview.

  • Utilize the resources available through the Career Center to prepare for your interview.
  • Send a thank you note and email to all professionals you interview with.

Step 5

Decide which Internship to accept and apply for credit.

  • File the LAS internship application form and internship agreement, along with a copy of the job description, your resume, and essay. See the General Policies page for additional information.
  • The Internship Program will handle registration for the appropriate internship course.
  • Send out acceptance and decline letters to employers as appropriate.

Please direct questions about Internships to:
Office for Undergraduate Students
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
SAC, Room 107
Phone: 610.519.3942
E-mail: Kate Szumanski


* The New You - a Career Development Guide.pdf
The New You - a Career Development Guide for students of all years