Internship Planning

Make an appointment to see a career specialist in the Career Development Center.  They can help you identify your interests and strengths, provide information about common careers associated with your major and help you brainstorm ideas.  Call 651-962-6761.

It's never too early to get a good head start: identify careers of interest and learn who hires in that field.

Some large corporations may advertise, interview and hire their summer interns the fall before, often through the Career Center’s On-campus Interview Program.  Common career fields include: accounting, actuary, finance, information technology, and supply chain/operations, to name a few.

Most other employers will begin posting summer positions to the Career Development Center’s Job & Internship Listings webpage as early as January or February.  Generally, the more competitive your field is, the earlier the application deadlines.

Many internships are developed through networking. It's a good idea to develop connections and gather information about possible opportunities year-round. Let people know what you are interested in doing, and stay in touch with them over the months.

HOT TIP:  You may connect with potential employers when you attend career/academic-specific student club meetings!

No!  Many employers have part-time internships available (10-20 hours/week) during the academic year, and they are willing to flex around your class schedule.  Making time for a part-time internship, allows students to complete multiple internships, make better informed career decisions, and network with more employers.

It is not uncommon for summer internships to continue on part-time in to the fall semester, or part-time spring internships to continue in to the summer.

The Career Development Center maintains a website where organizations post internships: Job and Career Listings

You can search by career areas of interest or by name of the employer.  It is recommended that you login to TommieCareers to conduct a Filtered search and isolate only Internship postings.  You can also create a Job Alert if you want the system to email you when new internships are posted.

On-Campus Interview Program: At the beginning of each semester, select corporate employers conduct screening interviews in the Career Development Center.  Attend an Orientation to On-campus Interviewing seminar to learn more.

MN Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair:  Students can connect with a wide variety of employers at the February Job & Internship Fair open to students from all private colleges in MN.  Watch for Orientation sessions beginning in November.

Resume Books:  Students can make their resumes available to employers by uploading them within the TommieCareers portion of our website.

Networking: This simply means talking to people.  Some students find internships simply by talking to family, friends, St. Thomas alumni, and others.  If you would like more information about this, read our Networking & Informational Interviewing handout, and/or make an appointment to talk with a career specialist, call 651-962-6761.

Other Resources: Check out our Job & Internship Search resources within the Career Resources section of the Career Center’s website.

Additional Career Fairs: Watch the Career Center’s Seminars & Events webpage for off-campus fairs (Government/Nonprofit Fair, virtual career fairs), and on-campus fairs.

It is possible to work with someone in your network to create a unique internship position. Preparing your approach is important, and meeting with a career specialist can help you do that.

There are very few academic programs that require an internship. If you desire academic credit, you can work with the department chair within your major program to discuss how that department offers internship credit.

Most employers require a resume and cover letter. A career specialist can help you with these documents. You need to be prepared to explain why you want the internship, what you will bring to the employer (skills and experience, both from academics and previous work), and what you hope to gain from the experience. It’s also important to research the organization before you write your cover letter.

You should never be subjected to harassment or threatening behavior in the workplace.  If you do experience this…

  • The first option would be to work directly with the employing/practicum host organization and follow their harassment reporting procedures, often provided through a Human Resources office. By law, employees are protected from retaliation for reporting harassment concerns.
  • Students can seek university support or assistance as they work with an outside organization about a harassment concern. St. Thomas cannot control the actions of an outside organization, but individuals on campus may be available to help a student think through their options in making a report to and working with an outside organization.  Feel free to consult with the Title IX Coordinator on campus.
  • If your work experience with an outside organization is part of an academic requirement, i.e. a required practicum or other experiential learning requirement, please report the concern to the University’s Title IX Coordinator and the faculty director for the program. The University will work with you to ensure that your academic program is not impacted by unlawful harassment.

Additional resources:

Additional on and off-campus resources can be found within the Title IX website regarding Contact & Reporting Information.