E6-Exploring Internships

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The purpose of this Action Guide is to encourage you to “test drive” a career and build skills by pursuing an internship.


Many employers use their internship program as a recruiting tool, while students use the experience as a way to apply what they've learned in the classroom in a real world environment. The responsibilities you accept will help you build your skill set, allow you to get connected professionally with others, and is frequently cited by professionals as a key "stepping stone" in helping them land their first full-time position after graduation. 

An internship implies a structured experience with a company or organization. Internship experiences vary – some are for academic credit while others are not for credit. Some are paid positions that offer a wage or stipend, while others are unpaid. In addition, some organizations have a competitive application process and will start hiring in fall for summer internships. Knowing about internship options and these considerations can be helpful to you in landing a good-fit internship experience. 

*NOTE: International students will need Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in work off-campus. Please visit this website to learn more: https://isss.umn.edu/fstudent/cpt.html


  1.  Go to GoldPASS and log in by clicking on “Students and Alumni Login”. If you are new to GoldPASS, visit this “Frequently Asked Questions” site that explains how to register and log-in.

  2.  Search for internships.

a.   Put your cursor over Job/Internship Search at the top of the page and select it.

b.  Where it indicates Position Type, select Internship.  To expand your search, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key while selecting multiple options.  You can also select up to 5 options in the Job Category box as well.  Then click Search. 

c.   Click on the Job Title/Number to see the details of a position and how to apply for it.

d.  You can receive automatic e-mail alerts when new positions are posted that meet your search criteria.  To set this up, do a job search in GoldPASS.  When the list of jobs matching your criteria appears, click the “Email me new jobs” link located near the “Position Type” box. This will create a Job Agent.  Give your Job Agent a name and click “save.”  E-mail alerts will now be sent to you when new positions are posted that match your criteria.  To delete or change a ‘Job Agent,’ go to “View My Activity” (left column) and click the “Job Email Alert” tab.

e.  Don’t forget to go directly to a company’s website to check on internship opportunities! Many organizations post internships directly on their website, and may not recruit in other ways.

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E6: Exploring Internships