Redesigning Internship Plans

Maybe you didn’t get accepted, you didn’t apply to enough positions, or your options fell through.

Revisit your learning goals

What is most important to you this summer? Skill building? Making professional connections? Exploring a career field? Adding depth to your resume? Exploring a specific geographic location? Isolate the most important area and create a new and narrow search strategy to meet these needs. Consider pursuing new opportunities or one or multiple short-term, job/shadow or networking experiences to achieve your goals. Meet with CDC and other MHC advisors to revisit your goals and strategy.

Utilize internship search resources

Reference the CDC’s internship search resources and opportunities, including MHConnect opportunities for Mount Holyoke students. There are over 10,000 internship postings within CDC’s multiple online resources. Even though most internship postings peak in March, the CDC continues to receive postings daily from employers throughout the spring and summer. If you aren’t finding opportunities, it may mean you are not using the search engines properly, looking deeply enough or you may need to broaden your parameters. Consider meeting with a Peer Career Assistant at the CDC for help with your search.

Networked opportunities

In addition to the CDC, McCulloch and academic department opportunities, networking is a great way to develop or locate opportunities. Research employers of interest and contact them directly—this is often the best approach if you have specific interest areas or a geographic target for your internship site. Send an inquiry letter  or a Cover Letter. Refer to the CDC’s Networking suggestions under Guides and How To’s. Discuss your goals and interests with family, friends, neighbors.

Seek advice from advisors

  • Meet with CDC advisors. Review the above resources and make a CDC appointment. CDC same-day walk-in hours are available Monday through Friday. One-on-one 30-minute appointments are available and booked in advance. Call the CDC at 413-538-2080 to schedule.
  • Meet with your UAF faculty advisor and other faculty advisors
  • Meet with other on-campus advisors: McCulloch Center (international opportunities), Miller Worley (environmental/non-profit opportunities), CBL (local, community-based organizations), Student Financial Services (financial advice).