Depending on your field, you may be able to find many openings posted in various career-related websites. Below are some of the Career Center’s recommended online sources for internships and jobs.
Websites for Internships, Co-ops and Research
UMBCworks: Your first stop for applied learning experiences.
- Looksharp.com: A national site for searching and applying to internships. Focuses on startup and small-business internships, particularly opportunities on the west coast.
- Internship King: Searchable internship listings, intern reviews from former interns, intern salary information and internship program rankings.
- InternshipPrograms.com: Database of internship opportunities organized by company and region.
- Internships.com: Web resource for paid and unpaid, pre-professional employment opportunities for college students and recent graduates.
- Smithsonian Institute: Paid opportunities for students of all majors to intern at the Smithsonian.
- UMBC’s Undergraduate Research website: Research opportunities on and off campus
- The Washington Center: Organization that provides challenging opportunities to work in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
- The Washington Post: Under “Jobs,” go to the keyword search and enter “intern” for a listing of recent postings.
Websites for All Positions
UMBCworks: Your first stop for full-time/part-time jobs.
- CareerRookie.com: Specific to internships, part-time jobs, and entry-level jobs. A division of CareerBuilder.
- Idealist.org: Online meeting place for nonprofit organizations, resources, consultants, job seekers and volunteers.
- Indeed.com: Aggregates posts from across the Web.
- SimplyHired.com: Aggregates posts from across the Web.
- JobApplication.DB.com: Direct application site and a free resource to help candidates apply directly to 1200+ companies.
Websites for Government Jobs and Internships
- Partnership for Public Service/Go Government – Find your fit in the federal government browse by career field and agency
- Federal Jobs by College Majors
- Feds Hire Vets
- The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
- Washington Post Federal Page
- District of Columbia Local Job Network
- Federal Jobs Network
- MD Department of Budget and Management
- How to Get a Job in the Federal Government
On-Campus Recruiting and Interviews
You might be surprised at how many open positions are never posted on online job boards. To find those positions, you’ll need to investigate other sources. For example, every fall and spring, the Career Center hosts hundreds of employers who are interested in hiring UMBC students.
Networking is noted as one of the most successful ways of finding a job. Don’t make the mistake of relying entirely on the Internet for your internship or job search! See below for tips and suggestions about how to successfully build a professional network of contacts.
Sometimes a proactive approach is best. First, determine the types of organizations where you’d like to work or intern. Next, use Google to create a list of those organizations in the appropriate geographical area. For example, you might search “think tanks near Washington, DC” or “accounting firms in Baltimore.” The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce also publishes a list of local businesses and nonprofits.
Once you’ve made your list, visit each organization’s website and look for the human resources or careers page. Many will publish a list of job vacancies and/or descriptions of available internships. If you are unable to find that information, you can inquire about it through email or a phone call.
National Trade and Professional Associations
Just about all occupations have some sort of professional association or group. National Associations generally have local affiliate associations and/or meetings that provide excellent networking opportunities.These are excellent places to meet people in your field and to learn about potential employers and current openings. Most associations also have sections related to employment on their websites. You can often receive discounted membership rates as a student. Local or regional groups often have listservs or other ways of sharing job openings. Volunteering at association events can be a great way to meet lots of people in your field.
Ask faculty members and professionals in your industry which ones they belong to. Career advisors can also help you identify associations, or you can refer to association publications available in the Career Center, such as the National Trade and Professional Association Directory or visit The American Society of Association Executives.
Locate search firms, outplacement organizations, temporary and temp-to-perm agencies, executive recruiters and staffing agencies in phone books and on the Internet. Make sure to read contracts carefully. You should never pay for these services!