FIRST: read "Find an Internship" by the University Career Center and ENSP's "Applying for Internships" guide, specifically designed for students who are new to the internship search process.
NEXT: take an active role
- Begin thinking about what you would like to do early in your academic career.
- Explore our ENSP internship pages thoroughly (see menu to the left). These are the "permanent" links to hundreds of local organizations and employers.
- Explore the ENSP Advising Blog -- it features current internship postings from the weekly ENSP Advising newsletter in a searchable format!
- Ask profs and TAs, listen for in-class announcements, and act quickly!
- Register for Careers4Terps , the University Career Center’s primary online career management tool for University of Maryland students and alumni. It lists internships and jobs both on- and off-campus.
- Attend Career Fairs and other events/workshops organized the Univeristy Career Center.
- Consider approaching environmental organizations directly; most would welcome motivated interns!
- Check the ENSP webpages for guidance regarding resumes and cover letters.
- Apply for several internships (10+ is not unusual).
- Use a folder and develop a checklist to organize your search.
- Submit an internship proposal in advance if you plan to earn credit for your internship.
Non-credit and volunteer experience gained during freshman and sophomore years go a long way towards improving your qualifications for selective (and paid) internships later on.
Whether gained by volunteering, clubs, internships, and/or researching -- all experience contributes to your professional development, helps determine what you enjoy doing, and makes classwork that much more interesting!