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Student Internship FAQs

Student Internship FAQs

Student Internship FAQs

How do I go about finding an internship inside or outside of Buffalo?
As a freshman, is it too early to do an internship?
Can I do an internship outside of my major?
Is it too late to begin an internship after the start of the semester?
Is the process of applying for an internship competitive?
When looking for an internship, is it best to have a resume prepared and to expect an interview?
Is Handshake the only place I can look for an internship?

How do I go about finding an internship inside or outside of Buffalo?

There are resources available on finding internships in a variety of locations. Come meet with a member of the Griff Center for Academic Engagement to discuss various options and resources available to you.

As a freshman, is it too early to do an internship?

Only juniors and seniors qualify for credit internships, however, underclassmen can do non-credit internships as early as freshmen year. Also, it’s never too early to begin exploring your interests. The Griff Center for Academic Engagement can also direct you to other “outside the classroom” learning activities to build from in planning a future internship (i.e. volunteer opportunities, service learning, etc).

Can I do an internship outside of my major?

Yes! Exploring opportunities that are not directly linked to your major can open new avenues of interest or introduce you to skills that you may not have experienced otherwise. However, if you are looking for credit, your academic department may require that there be a clear connection between the internship you are seeking and your declared major. Non-credit internship requirements often place a greater focus on strengths and skills than on a particular major, making them more open and flexible.

Is it too late to begin an internship after the start of the semester?

No. There are always internships posted on Handshake and they do not all begin at the start of the semester. Yet, if you’re seeking a credit internship, departments often have deadlines to apply for credit.

Is the process of applying for an internship competitive?

It can be, but it often depends on the internship. If you see an internship that you are interested in, it is best to not wait! Keep in mind, other college students will be viewing the same information. Additionally, we recommend that you apply to several internships.

When looking for an internship, is it best to have a resume prepared and to expect an interview?

Yes. Applying for an internship is like applying for a professional level job. You can get help in making a resume or interviewing techniques from a career counselor in the Griff Center for Academic Engagement.

Is Handshake the only place I can look for an internship?

No. Handshake is just one of the many resources available to you. Other options include company websites, your major department, alumni contacts, and friends and family contacts. For additional help, see our links for general internship sites and other opportunities.