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Securing an Internship

UCDC Internship: Application Process


Research: What career fields interest you?


Prioritize: Start searching early!

  • Make a prioritized list of 15-30 organizations you want to intern at
  • Some internship deadlines occur before the posted UCDC application deadline. You may still apply to these internships prior to being accepted into the UCDC program.
  • Contact us! Drop-in hours or schedule an appointment


Apply: Cover letter, resume, letters of rec, writing sample

  • Tailor and proofread your application materials to reflect the organizations you are applying to.
  • Follow organizations' instructions on how to apply.
  • Keep track of when you have applied to internships.

UCDC Internship: Selection Process


Follow up with organizations

  • Follow organizations' instructions for follow-up.
  • Allow a few weeks for your application to be processed.
  • Ask if it is possible to learn when they are expecting to start interviewing.


Prepare for your interview

  • Review position description and prepare for potential questions.
  • Get ready for your interview with a mock interview! (Big Interview @ UCSD)
  • Develop your story: use the STAR method (situation, task, activity, result)
  • Send a than-you email!


Select an internship that is right for you

  • When you receive an acceptance, thank the organization for the opportunity.
  • Think about the commitment and benefits for each position.
  • Once you accept an offer, stick to your decision!


Infographic of Internship Application process described on this pageInfographic of Internship Selection process described on this page

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