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Nearly all Yale students will have one or more internships during their time as undergraduates. Thorough preparation is crucial in maximizing the likelihood of a successful experience and students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible. The Office of Career Strategy manages numerous internship programs and also provides access to thousands of other opportunities in the US and throughout the world. In addition, many students choose to created customized placements to meet their precise needs. However you obtain your internship, please also take note of our general tips for success to ensure that you derive the maximum benefit from your experience.

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Your Internship Search

There are numerous ways and resources to find a meaningful internship opportunity: apply to open opportunities through on-campus programs, search independent internship programs and/or company websites, or develop your own. To lean more about on-campus programs, read about the Yale-coordinated Internship Programs below, learn about On Campus Recruiting, and review helpful links in our Internships section. 

There are many companies that do not participate in formal internship programs, however, or publicize their offerings. This doesn't mean they are unable to accept an intern, and with research, time, and effort, you can develop an opportunity tailored to your career goals.

Step One: Determine Your Goals

Is your internship a vehicle to try out a particular career field, engage in research, or participate in an independent study project? Do you want to improve your foreign language ability or explore a new culture?

A great place to start is by understanding your career interests, personal values, and skills. Review the Values, Interests, and Skills section in the Career Strategy Workbook to start. This can help guide your reflection on where you want to work and what you want to learn in an internship experience.

Step Two: Make Contact

Making contact and building new professional relationships is essentially networking. The Office of Career Strategy has numerous resources to help you through this process, beginning with our Networking page which holds tips, advice, and several guides. From there, reach out to alumni through the Yale Career Network, LinkedIn, and the Peer Networking Lists in the Document Library in your Yale Career Link. Connect with your peers in the Summer Experiences Lists!

Step Three: Develop A Learning Plan

After you've connected with an individual or organization interested in considering you for an internship, it is important to clarify desired outcomes and expectations (both yours and the employer's) to ensure everyone's experience is meaningful and engaging.

Tip: One helpful tool is a Learning Plan. A Learning Plan is a document that allows you and your employer to develop and articulate summer goals, how you will achieve and evaluate them, and the structure of supervision. Consider specific professional skills and knowledge you are looking to gain, and the tasks/projects that will help you achieve these. You may also wish to include personal goals regarding attitudes and values (e.g. being more patient, being able to adapt quickly in changing environments). Using the right language will help when identifying goals; refer to our sample Resume Action Verbs list to start.

Remember that the Office of Career Strategy is here to assist you with all steps of this process.

Yale-coordinated Programs

The Yale-coordinated International Internships Program and the Yale-coordinated Domestic Internships Program (Bulldogs Across America) offer Yale students the opportunity to work for nine weeks over the summer.  Each location offers internships in a variety of career fields including the arts, politics, global health, technology, community advocacy, think tanks, finance, journalism, and law.  There are both paid and unpaid internships, with some offering other perks such as free lunches or covering commuting costs. Opportunities are offered by Yale alumni, Yale World Fellows (internationally), consortium programs (Cleveland and Denver), and friends of Yale.  Please review the Yale-coordinated Internship Programs 2018 for policies and guidelines and additional detailed information.

Common Good & Creative Careers Internships

Paul Block Journalism Internships - summer experience in the fast-paced arena of daily journalism at the award-winning, family-owned newspapers the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade. $4000 stipend.

Women in Government Fellowship - designed to encourage Yale undergraduates to pursue political careers by participating in challenging internships in political arenas. Recipients receive a stipend of $5,000 each. For more information and to apply, see the Student Grants Database.

Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship (YACSF) - places undergraduates in funded community service positions throughout the country. Internships are at least 8 weeks in duration. $2800 stipend.

Yawkey Community Service Fellowship - places undergraduates in funded nonprofit positions in the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Boston area with a $4,000 stipend.

Tremaine Contemporary Art Internship - a funded arts research position through the New Haven based Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. $3500 stipend.

Dara Rei Onishi '97 Fellowship - supports two students engaging in education-related opportunities in New Haven during the summer. The two recipients receive a stipend of $3,500 each.

William F. Buckley Summer Internships - funded positions at employers that include the National Review, The New Criterion, the Manhattan Institute, Forbes Magazine, and Gingrich Productions. $4000 stipend.

Yale in Hollywood - alumni programmed entertainment industry summer opportunities intended to provide students with an introduction to the components of the industry: talent management & representation, production, screenwriting & editing, development, and various business aspects.

Internship Programs Beyond the Office of Career Strategy

AIESEC Yale: AIESEC is the world's largest student-run nonprofit organization, present in 126 countries. AIESEC Yale offers students professional internships and volunteer opportunities all over the world in a wide range of sectors from business and entrepreneurship to education and social work.

The MacMillan Center Internships and Fellowships: The MacMillan Center is Yale's principal agency for encouraging and coordinating teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world.

Trabajando: The Yale community has access to international job opportunities through an exciting collaboration with Banco Santander and its affiliated organization Universia. The portal provides students and graduates with access to job and internship.

The French Heritage Society Student Exchange Program: These opportunities are generally open to upper level students, and application deadlines are in mid-February.  Please email Amy Fienga of the French Heritage Society Student Exchange Program for more information.

Technical University of Munich, Practical Research Experience Program (PREP): PREP is open to advanced undergraduate students (2 years of study completed at arrival in Munich) and graduate students. Students will work on a research project together with researchers from the Technical University of Munich from June to mid-August. Application deadline is beginning of December.

Additional Resources to Start Your Search

There are numerous resources available to you in your internship search. Peruse the Resource Library to explore industries, sign up for our Career Strategy Newsletter, and identify other newsletters and listservs/panlists for industries of interest to you.

Resources from the Office of International Students and Scholars