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Internships

Internships are a great way to gain experience before entering the workforce. Before finding an internship, determine what your internship goals are by asking yourself the following questions: 

  • What are your specific career interests?
  • What type of organization are you interested in?
  • What industry would be best for your needs?

There are many different types of internships (i.e. paid vs. unpaid, credit vs. noncredit, fulltime vs. part-time). Take the time to do your research and figure out what’s best for you. Talk with your advisor about what kinds of internships would be best to help you gain practical experience in your field.

[CTD's] information sessions, services, and unwavering support enabled me to achieve my career goal of working for the U.S. Federal Government. I was first introduced to their services by attending one of their resume critique sessions. After that session, armed with my newly revised resume, I was able to apply for an internship with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC. Jose Roman, Management Information Systems (MS)

Tips to land an internship

Once you have a better idea of what you want to gain from an internship, it’s time to prepare to land one. 

  • Write your resume and cover letter and have them checked by Career and Talent Development during Drop-in Hours and/or by submitting your documents on Handshake
  • Attend FIU Career and Internship Fairs to find out about internship opportunities
  • Use Handshake to search and apply for internship opportunities
  • Create an account on LinkedIn to connect and network with employers and other professionals.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview and meet with a Career Advisor at the Career and Talent Development office
  • Send a thank you letter to employers who gave you an opportunity to interview
  • Decide on an internship that is best for you, and accept an internship offer

For helpful resources on how to prepare yourself for your internship, visit the Handouts & Resources page.

Keys to internship success

Once you secure your internship, set personal goals outlining what you want to gain from the experience. Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor to ensure that you are meeting their expectations and learning about your industry along the way. 

Use the opportunity to network, build relationships, and get exposure. Always remember to take initiative to really impress your employer - it could lead to a glowing recommendation for you!

Internship Fair

Internship Fair is held every Fall, early in the semester. This is a great opportunity for FIU students to meet recruiters who are looking to fill their internship positions.

Internship Fair is open only to FIU students of all majors. Students wishing to attend the Internship Fair can register in Handshake under the Fairs section or click the Student Registration below.

In order to attend students must wear professional attire, bring multiple copies of their resume, and have a Panther ID.

Attention Job/Internship Seekers

FIU Career and Talent Development (CTD) acts only as an intermediary between employers posting job and internship opportunities and candidates searching for job and internship opportunities. CTD is not involved in the actual transaction between employers and candidates. As a result, CTD has no control over the quality, safety or legality of the employment opportunities posted, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of employers to offer job opportunities to candidates or the ability of candidates to fill job openings.

When searching for job and internship opportunities, please keep in mind that employers are able to enter their own jobs into our system. In addition, because user authentication on the Internet is difficult, CTD cannot and does not confirm that each user is who they claim to be.

You should use your own judgment when applying for opportunities found in Handshake. Please DO NOT provide an employer your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, or any other confidential information. A genuine employer should not request that information in the initial application.

Please contact the Career and Talent Development Department if you notice any suspicious activity/post and/or receive requests from an employer that are concerning to you.