Steps to Obtaining an Internship/Co-op

As with finding other types of employment, you will need to prepare materials, monitor available positions, and provide appropriate responses to those who contact you regarding internships and co-operative education positions.


Start your internship search 1-2 semesters before you plan on completing an internship. UA students will find help to draft a resume and cover letter by going to the Resource Library in Handshake.

  • Make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator to start your search and have your resume reviewed.
  • Review and edit your social networking accounts! Employers check these sites during the job search process.


  • Use the online job board Handshake to search and apply for positions, find relevant networking events and career fairs, and browse all of Career Services' resources.
  • Investigate 2-5 employers or agencies each week (review their websites, attend any networking events, and talk to faculty and Career Services coordinators).


  • Follow up with all employers who contact you and contact employers in which you are interested.
  • Send "thank you" cards or emails to those who interview you.
  • Follow these steps to get your internship or co-op registered for academic credit.
  • Email if you have questions.