ucdc internship search

Congratulations on being selected for UCDC!

Now it's time to get started on your internship search. In order to be successful, you will need to apply to at least 7-10 internship sites well before departing for D.C. The purpose of this tutorial is to guide you on how to conduct your search, as well as to familiarize you with the various resources available to assist you. We are here to help, but ultimately it is your responsibility to obtain an internship.

ASSIGNMENT: Complete Steps 1-4 below. Be prepared to spend a few hours completing this tutorial and the assignments associated with it. Favorite this page so you can refer back to it. You will need to bring hard copies of some of these items to the Internship Search Meeting, so be sure to print the items you need to bring!

DUE DATE for Steps 1-4 below: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st at 3 pm.

STEP 1: THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS

--> ACTION: Review and take Goals Assessment.

STEP 2: RESEARCH INTERNSHIP SITES THAT MEET YOUR GOALS

--> ACTION:  Review Internship Search Resources handout and UCDC Internship Website. Bookmark both sites so that you can refer back to them.

When conducting your research, you should at least read the organization’s web site, both

  • Generally, so that you understand the organization’s mission and background, and
  • Specifically about the internship position to which you are applying.  Take note of application deadlines.


STEP 3: IDENTIFY THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE FOR ONE INTERNSHIP SITE (eventually you will do this for 7-10 sites)

NOTE:  Most of the country functions on a semester system, so most internships are advertised for a semester. Most internship sites will accept students for a quarter, but some have a semester requirement. When contacting potential internship sites, be sure to specify the dates that you will be in Washington D.C. (which are on the UCDC Website) and ask if the internship site will accept applications for your time period. Many internships advertise "spring semester" options, which begin in our winter quarter and end in spring quarter. Therefore, many "spring" deadlines have passed - BUT you should always contact them to ask if they can accept students during the dates you will be there, because you are on the quarter system and are arriving later than the spring semester students. In many cases, they can still accept your application!

--> ACTION:  Compose an e-mail template stating that you are interested in an internship (pick one site you are interested in), that you are in the UCDC internship program from UC Irvine, the dates you will be there, and ask if they are accepting applicants for the dates you will be there. PRINT AND BRING E-MAIL TEMPLATE TO THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH MEETING (you do NOT need to submit it to the UCDC Office).

STEP 4: PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS AND APPLY BEFORE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Each internship site will require different application materials.  These may include some or all of the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter - state that you are a UC Irvine UCDC participant and include your dates and the hours per week you wish to intern.
  • Writing Sample – follow the instructions given by the internship site. Sometimes they have a specific prompt, or sometimes they just want to see that you can write.  If they don’t have a prompt, submit a short (2-4 page) piece of written work you have submitted in a class (that you are proud of!)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation – some sites may want more than one letter of recommendation (1-3), so if you only submitted one with your UCDC application, you may need to get more.

The UCI Career Center is an excellent resource for help with preparing these materials.  Use them!  This web site contains:  handouts with tips for writing a resume and cover letter (including samples), web-based and in-person workshops, Take Ten resume/cover letter critiquing (11-3 Monday - Friday), interview questions, etc.  Be sure to pick up a free copy of their Job Search Guide (also on-line below).

--> ACTION: Review Career Center Job Search Guide and relevant Workshops (sign up via Handshake). Favorite both sites so that you can refer back to them.

--> ACTION: Write a draft cover letter for one internship site. PRINT YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME AND BRING THEM TO THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH MEETING. (you do NOT need to submit them to the UCDC Office).

ITEMS TO PRINT AND BRING TO THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH MEETING (Bring hard copies, as they will be critiqued by others. Don't worry - they can be rough drafts!):
1)
Draft E-mail Template
2) Resume
3) Draft Cover Letter

Here's to an exciting first step! We will talk about the process in more detail at the Internship Search Meeting. See you then!

Sharon Parks, Director
Marlee Jacobs, Sarah Mousa, and Ethan Sanchez, Student Coordinators