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To maximize your success, we recommend you treat your internship search as if it were another class in your academic schedule–set aside hours each week to manage the process beginning in the fall or early spring, and remember to take advantage of all available resources and meet with a career adviser to review and refine your strategy.

Step 1: Résumés and Cover Letters

How Do You Look on Paper? (Devote 10 percent of your time to this step)

A résumé and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution.

  • Use the Career Development Résumé and Cover Letter Guides to create or update your documents
  • Bring your résumé and letters to Career Development for feedback during walk-in hours
  • Use DCAN to receive résumé feedback from Davidson alumni and parents who can provide you with industry/career field-specific advice

Step 2: Internship and Job Websites

Where Can You Look Online? (10 percent of your time)

Online internship posting databases and websites enable you to research and apply to position postings. Direct employer contact is an important part of every internship search; do not rely solely on online internship postings.

Step 3: Networking & Connections

Who Would You Like to Know? (70 percent of your time)

Networking, the establishment and maintenance of professional relationships, is essential in any internship search. It is the incorporation of people–parents, relatives, friends, Davidson alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors and others–in your internship search.

  • Review the Career Development Networking Guide
  • Conduct career conversations with Davidson alumni and parents through DCAN
  • Build your LinkedIn presence and connect with individuals
  • Utilize alumni in the online community

Step 4: Interviewing

How Do You Present Yourself in Person? (10 percent of your time)

Too many possible internship offers have been lost because the applicant failed to prepare or practice for an interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial.

  • Conduct a practice interview with a Davidson alumnus/a or parent in your chosen field through DCAN
  • Review the Career Development Interview Guide
  • Conduct a mock interview with a Career Development adviser