Internship Tools & Advice

Internship Tools & Advice

Internships are a key way to learn outside the classroom and can help shape your career trajectory, expand your professional network, build your resume, and bolster your chances of securing a good job after graduation. 

Ninety-five percent of employers say they want to see real-work, hands-on experience in our college graduates, with nearly half of those employers saying they prefer that the new-grad experience come from their internship programs. If you have completed an internship, you will have an edge over your classmates who have not.

Many companies have strong, well-established internship programs while some have assorted positions based on their needs. An internship is an on-site work experience that will last for a summer, a semester, or even a year (the length of time will be set by the company). Internships can be paid or unpaid; however, most of the opportunities posted by The W. A. Franke College of Business are paid.

Students find internships/jobs in different ways.  Some secure positions on their own, through faculty, friends, family members, or others they know.  Some students will find and apply for positions through our Handshake database of job and internship opportunities, which is updated daily by employers.

Students also find experiences by directly contacting organizations for whom they would like to work, while others work with their career coach to strategize an internship search process.  Students can participate in internship experiences either part-time (or even full-time!) during the academic year, in addition to the summer months. Make an appointment today with a Career Coach to assist you with your search.

  •  Handshake – Work with college recruiters who post these opportunities and really understand college students and your skill level.
  •  LinkedIn
  • Idealist for nonprofit, sustainable, causes, and grad schools 
  • Visit websites directly for companies you are interested in and view their career page
  • There are also niche websites for each industry which the Career Development Office can assist you to find!

To stay up to date with virtual networking events, fairs, jobs and internships, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram! As the semester begins, bookmark these links to find virtual events/fairs and jobs/internships.

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid and unpaid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable you to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as you search for the right role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, range from 10 to 40 hours of work, are completely remote, and students can complete multiple Micro-Internships.  

We have partnered with Parker Dewey and the Forage to provide opportunities to pursue a Micro-Internship

Students and employers have an opportunity to work with one another before committing to an internship or full-time role.

To find Micro Internship opportunities on our website, search the “Career Communities” and “Affinity/Identity” tabs and click on “Build Skills and Experience” to view all of the experiences.

If you are looking for an internship outside of Flagstaff, one question you’ll need to answer is: where am I going to live? The following information is meant to help you find housing while you participate in internship experiences in other areas of the country, but don’t forget your own contacts. Do you have family, friends, or classmates you can live with during your internship? If you do, you can save a considerable amount of money.

Resource Articles

Use the following sources to access a variety of housing listings nationally. This list is not exhaustive and is only intended to provide you a starting point in your search. Please evaluate your housing options carefully as not all may be suitable for student living. Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement or recommendation by the Career Development Office or Northern Arizona University.

Make sure to scroll down below “National” to see housing resources in major US cities and beyond. – list of accommodations and articles on living abroad

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