What should I do first
in my search for an internship?
Searching for an internships
Step 1 - Write a Resume
First, obtain a copy of our Resume Essentials packet (pdf). You can get a printed copy at the Bellevue College (BC) Center for Career Connections on the second floor of the Student Services Building (Building B). Pay special attention to the "Basic Rules for Resumes" section on page three.
After reading the resume guide, write (or update) your resume. You will need to bring a copy to your appointment with a BC Internship Specialist. The Internship Specialist will need to approve your resume before you can apply for any of the internships on CONNECT!. The more work you do on your resume at home, the more beneficial your 30-minute meeting will be and the quicker we’ll be able to help you find an internship.
Use the following basic guidelines when writing your resume:
- Do NOT include your home address on your resume. Please include only your telephone number and email address for contact information.
- Do NOT use a resume template in Microsoft Word.
- Do NOT include reference names and contact info, and do not say "Reference Available Upon Request."
- If you put an objective at the top of your resume, make sure it says "internship" and not "job".
- When saving your resume, use a name that’s descriptive, such as: "Jane_Doe_Resume.doc" In other words, do not just name the document "Resume.doc"
Step 2 – Create an Account on CONNECT!
CONNECT! is our job & internship web site. This site helps us match students with internship opportunities, as well as monitor student progress in the internship course.
You need to create a CONNECT! account before meeting with a BC Internship Specialist.
The web address is:
Once you’ve created an account and completed your profile, you will be able to search for internship announcements. Employers will also be able to view your resume, once you’ve uploaded it. You can upload your resume to CONNECT! before your appointment, but until the Internship Specialist approves it, you cannot apply for internships.
The first time you login to CONNECT!, you will be asked to fill out all of the required fields in the "My Profile" tab before you are allowed to view internships on the "Search for Jobs & Internships" tab. Please fill out your profile in as much detail as possible. Employers will search for interns based on these criteria, so make sure to highlight ALL languages spoken, computer experience, etc. For certain questions, you might fall into multiple categories. The more you select, the more likely an employer will find you.
For more information on how to create a CONNECT! account and upload your resume, see our guide called Guide to Using CONNECT! (pdf).
Step 3 – Schedule an Appointment with an Internship Specialist
Next you must meet with a BC Internship Specialist.
Call (425) 564-2279 to schedule your appointment.
You will need to complete Steps 1 & 2 before meeting with the Internship Specialist.
Step 4 – Preparing for Your Appointment
In addition to writing a resume and creating a CONNECT! account, you should also consider the type of internship you want. Think about the kinds of activities you imagine yourself doing and the kinds of skills you imagine yourself using. Do you have a preference about the kind of organization/company (small/large, private/public, for-profit/non-profit, etc.)?
Also, consider the following questions:
- How many hours per week can you devote to an internship?
- What are the specific times and days that you are available to work?
- What geographic area can you potentially work in? Do you have a car?
- What other limitations, problems, or concerns can you think of?
You can and should enter all of this information into CONNECT! under "My Profile" » "Academic & Internship Profile."
Step 5 – At Your Appointment
During your appointment, we will talk about the kind of internship you would like. We will also review your resume to make sure it’s looking perfect. It may seem obvious, but if your resume isn’t in great shape, you’re less likely to get called for an interview.
The Internship Specialist will make some suggestions and check to make sure your resume meets our minimum requirements. Then you will discuss a strategy for finding an internship.