Conducting an effective internship and job search requires students to take initiative and be proactive in their own career development. Our staff can discuss ways in which you can stand out and differentiate yourself and remind you to be resilient and adaptable if your first plan does not come together. We encourage you to start your search early and utilize all the tools at your disposal. If you’re not sure where to start or just want some pointers, book an appointment with our office or come to one of our many relevant events.
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The job search process can be more complex than it may seem. There are the standard methods such as online career platforms, to the more nuanced methods conducted through personal and professional networking.
- Handshake is where employers post jobs and internships specifically for UTD students and alumni
- Update your profile interests to receive industry specific information (not just by your major)
- Upload up to 10 documents, including targeted resumes, cover letters, and writing samples, to help you apply for these positions
- There are some on-campus interview opportunities posted here
- The majority of postings are interviews that will take place away from campus, via phone, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.
- Utilize the events tab to find career fairs, employer events, panels, workshops, and more
Career Fairs are a great way to meet employers and market yourself. We host several career fairs throughout the year including all-major and industry specific offerings. Check the events page in Handshake for up-to-date listings of all of our career fairs and other networking events.
Internships are viable learning opportunities for students exploring virtually any career path, and are often considered one of the most significant related experiences on a resume at graduation. It is important to understand 3 things about internships prior to researching and participating in one:
- The internship experience is an incredibly valuable tool for professional development
- The internship experience can have a tremendous impact on future career opportunities
- When you are interning you are a representation of your brand, your school and your field
Why Should I Intern?
One common shock that college graduates find themselves facing in is the incredibly high percentage of employers that are seeking related experience in addition to education. Internships are one powerful way to suggest to an employer, “I’m ready to join your team”. There are some other important benefits to internship experience, which can have a profound impact on your career direction and opportunities. With internship experience, you can:
- Determine if this is the right path for you
- Gain important networking contacts
- Obtain valuable references for future job opportunities
- Learn what it’s like to be a professional member of the field you are entering
- Gain a better understanding of your coursework
- Get your “foot in the door” at a company
How Do I Get Started?
The first step after deciding that an internship is the right path for you is to research and explore all possibilities. It may be beneficial to speak with someone about the internship possibilities, and you certainly want to make sure that your profile has been updated on Handshake. You may also wish look into some online resources that can help guide your search or broaden your opportunities
You will need a well-written, targeted resume and cover letter for most internship applications, and you will be responsible for having an updated profile in Handshake to have access to many of the internship opportunities.
An externship is a brief job shadowing opportunity. During these experiences, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field that they are considering, as well as begin to develop a stronger professional network. Learn more here.
Use Handshake to search jobs & internships, book appointments, register for events and more.
Students: You already have an account. Log in using your NetID & Password.
Alumni: Log in or create an account using your personal email address. Must provide NetID during account setup.
Employers: Connect with UTD through Handshake to post jobs, events, and interviews.