Internship Checklist

I. Learn the internship process: When you begin looking for an internship, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Why are you looking for an internship and do you really need one (does your program require one?)
  • Have you identified a few areas of interest or skills that you would like to develop?
  • Are you using this experience to obtain work experience only, or for academic credit, or for some other reason?; Do you know how to go about obtaining academic credit for an internship?
  • Have you considered other options to gain work-related experience other than an internship?

II. Establish goals and clarify what you want: When you decide to do an internship, there are many related issues you need to consider as you clarify your needs. Here are a few:

  • Are you looking for an internship in a specific industry (like government or education) or are you looking for something that is related to your academic major?
  • Do you need to do your internship in a certain geographical area or are you willing to travel anywhere to find the perfect internship? If you are willing to travel, have you considered whether or not housing is provided for interns.
  • When do you plan on doing your internship---during the academic year or in the summer?
  • Are you able to do an unpaid internship?

III. Determine if you need academic credit: Many academic departments have a series of requirements that students must meet. If you are hoping to get academic credit for your internship experience, there are a few things you need to know.

  • In order to be considered contact your academic department (link to various academic departments that offer internship opportunities for credit) to determine if they have an internship course or curriculum and if there are any specific academic requirements or prerequisites in order to receive credit.
  • Students must get internship approval for academic credit BEFORE accepting an offer or beginning the internship. Normally, students must be registered for academic credit before the start of an academic semester.
  • Know the deadlines. For academic courses, there are application deadlines set by the university as well as the employer.

IV. Consider other ways to get experience: The internship isn’t the only way to gain work-related experience here at FIU.

There are a number of other opportunities to take advantage of. Here are a few:

  • Through service-learning. The Center for Leadership and Services is open to all students who are interested in helping a wide variety of local non-profit organizations. 
  • Through volunteering. Students can use Career Services to access many volunteer opportunities.
  • Through professional associations and organizations
  • Through Cooperative Education

V. Develop a search strategy & use appropriate resources

  • Go to your Career Services office that is associated with your major and degree and also register with that office’s website (FIU Career Services:; College of Business Career Management Services:, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Career Planning and Placement Office – College of Law
  • Write a resume and have it critiqued by your career services office
  • Attend workshops that pertain to internships and how to conduct a job search
  • Network with professional associations or develop a network that includes family, friends and faculty members.
  • Attend job fairs during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Utilize FIU alumni groups via, Facebook and other social media outlets
  • Utilize Panther Job Link and/or CBA Careers for posted opportunities
  • Contact your academic department for potential job postings

VII. Practice your interviewing skills

  • Schedule a practice interview session with your career services office
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing practice programs
  • Research your internship position and the company with whom you will be interviewing
  • Prepare a list of questions you would like answered during the interview
  • Send a thank-you note to the person who interviewed you immediately after the interview