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Steps to Finding an Internship

Analyze your internship options and find what works best for you

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What skills do you want to learn?
  • What fields are of interest to you?
  • Where do you want to be over the summer months?
  • What type of company are you interested in? Is it a start-up or a large, established firm? 

Once you have answered these questions, it is time to research your chosen fields.

  • O*Net Online: Explore work attributes and job characteristics.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics have gathered data about all occupations.
  • Handshake: Log into your account and navigate to the Jobs tab then filter internships. 

Next, it is time to find your internship.

  • Click here to view Internship Search Resources.
  • Use Handshake to not only research postings, but to see recent postings for summer internships.

Assemble your required documents

  • Resume: Your resume is a document that describes your educational and work experience, as well as skills (including technical and language) and activities. Need to create your first resume or have a career counselor critique your existing one? Make an appointment with our office!
  • Cover Letter: This is typically a one-page introduction to who you are as an applicant and why you want to work for a specific company. Employers will gain insight to your communication skills as well as your enthusiasm for their specific job openings. Let our career counselors help you create a great cover letter. Schedule an appointment!
  • References: When you are preparing to apply for a position, you need to have at least 3-5 potential references in mind. Employers often ask for this information after the initial interview and it is great to be prepared! Be sure to ask permission from your references and give them information regarding the position(s) for which you are applying.

Attend workshops to help you prepare
networking events to get connected with professionals

  • Attend CDC sponsored workshops about getting started on your search, required documents, interviewing, networking, and Career Fair tips.
  • Attend networking events where you can meet professionals. Check out the Events Calendar to see dates and locations for upcoming events.  
    • Career Fair: The Career Fair brings over 100 employers to campus, interested in hiring for jobs or internships. It is a great time to network with recruiters, learn more about the organization, and submit your resume. This event is open for the Caltech community only.
    • Information Sessions: Information Sessions provide you the opportunity to meet with employers and learn more about their company as well as career opportunities available to you. This is a great chance to ask questions, gain insight about the organizations and begin to narrow down your industries and companies of interest. 
    • Alumni events: Meet alumni to learn about different industries, fields, and opportunities where other Techers have explored.
    • Connect with contacts you know – family, friends, past supervisors, etc.  Contact them and set up a time to talk on the phone or meet in-person. They may be able to provide an internship opportunity or know someone that can help.

Apply to the available position(s)

  • Submit your Applications: Make sure to read the job descriptions thoroughly so that you do not forget to submit a required document. The earlier you are able to apply to a position, the better. Many employers begin looking at applications as they come in, so it is great to be first!
  • Schedule a Mock Interview: Once you have started to apply to available positions in your chosen field, the next step is to begin preparing for the interviews. Meet with one of our career counselors who will create a real interview setting so that you can learn the best way to answer some of the most common questions.

Ask questions


If you are a non-Caltech student seeking a summer internship, please feel free to use any of the resources that we have provided online, but note that we cannot answer your questions or be of direct assistance to you. You should direct your inquiries to your own school's career development center.