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What is the process for finding an internship and how do I go about finding one?

A: Adrian Chimboza '25

It can be difficult to find an internship on your own. You're in luck because Dartmouth offers many resources to help you get started on your internship search. Apart from Dartmouth's resources, there are other initiatives you can pursue on your own, which I'll discuss in this essay.

 Center for Professional Development (CPD)

When looking for an internship or simply seeking answers to your career-related questions, Dartmouth's Center for Professional Development (CPD) is likely one of the first places you should go. CPD helps all Dartmouth undergraduates explore their career interests, identify their talents and possibilities, apply for jobs and internships, prepare for interviews, and learn about the professional world. Employers, alumni, professors, parents, and other professionals work with them to help students learn about the always-changing work environment. Dartmouth students have access to individual and group career counseling, self-assessment tools, employer events, and other resources.

Career Websites

Exploring a company's website can provide you with information about the company's mission (which can help you decide whether the company is the right fit for you), projects, diversity programs (which might be an excellent way to network with individuals who share your identity), and job openings/internships, among other things. If you already know the company you want to work for, the best place to start on your internship hunt is their website's career section, which will provide you with information about open positions. There's a chance you'll find your dream internship there. Of course, it is always a good idea to have multiple employers in mind to have a larger pool of options. You may improve your planning by making a list of potential employers, researching them, and regularly checking their websites for internship and job openings.


Career networking is when you use your personal, professional, academic, or family contacts to help you find work, reach your career objectives, and learn more about your field or another field you'd like to work in. Networking might help you learn about job openings or gain access to a company you want to work for. Reaching out to alumni and students who work or have worked at your ideal firm, attending campus events organized by companies that interest you, and participating in diversity programs linked with your dream company are all methods to start networking in your first year at Dartmouth. Networking, of course, means more than just getting to know individuals; it also entails building mutually beneficial relationships. Anyone in your field is a good contact, but those who work in your specific area of interest or in a field of knowledge with which your job interacts frequently are far better. People with job titles one, two, or three levels higher than yours who work in your field of expertise or a closely similar field are even better networking partners.

For more information, you can follow the link below,

Center for Professional Development (CPD)

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