In an internship, you will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice in the field, and then return to the classroom ready to apply practice to theory. At URI, we have experiential coordinators partnering with faculty members in each of URI’s degree-granting colleges to design internships with structured learning outcomes that will give you a competitive advantage.
As a result of the work our experiential coordinators do with faculty across campus, your internship may offer a degree of cross-discipline and cross-college networking. In addition, our online course model keeps students engaged with their URI experiential coordinator and peers throughout the semester or year.
Our goal is for you to get a job after graduation, and our internship model can help in a big way.
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If you would like to learn more about earning academic credit for your internship experience, visit our Internship Credit by Major page explore the options for your major.
Preparing for your Internship
- Finding a good career/intern match: Selecting the best internship can be a significant advantage in pursuing your future career. It is important to choose an internship that is a strong match to your talents, personality and career interests. Your internship experience will provide you the opportunity to develop skills, gain experience, and further define your career goals. Asking yourself these questions will help narrow down the type of internship placement that will move you towards your career goals, while capitalizing on your individual strengths.
- What is your dream job?
- What unique skills and/or interests do you have?
- What values or personality traits will influence your choices?
To learn more about the connection between majors and careers, visit: http://career.uri.edu/majors/default.html
- Resume/Marketing Yourself: Creating a resume early in the process will help you to identify your strengths and interests. Your resume should include education, experiences (internships, student teaching, professional experience, full –time/part-time work), volunteer experience, skills, memberships & affiliations, etc. Please utilize the resources provided by URI Career Services for resume assistance: http://career.uri.edu/Handouts/Resumehandout.pdf. If you would like additional resume assistance, log into RhodyNet (LINK) to schedule an appointment with a career advisor.
Internships.com is a national search database where you can explore thousands of internship opportunities in cities across the country.
Internships by Interest/Major – Check out internship opportunities related specifically to your major or interest area.
The Energy Fellows Program provides URI undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience addressing real-world energy issues working in interdisciplinary teams with staff, faculty or outside oganizations on one or more projects.
The Science and Engineering (SE) Fellows Program provides URI students from under-represented cultural backgrounds with interdisciplinary, experiential learning opportunities addressing real-world challenges
Search on Your Own:
- Networking – Contact professionals to seek advice and learn about potential opportunities. Networking involves relationship building in the field, conducting informational interviews, developing relationships, and utilizing networking sites (such as LinkedIn).
- Career Fairs – URI Career Services hosts several career and internship fairs over the course of the year. Please visit http://career.uri.edu for a schedule of events. In addition, search career events in your area.
- Specific Company Websites – Many organizations advertise internship opportunities on their websites. If there is an organization you are interested in interning for, contact them directly to inquire about potential opportunities.
- Internet Search – Conduct a Google search of opportunities in your field of interest and utilize various job searching sites.
- RI Internships Search—bridge.jobs– If you are interested in Rhode Island internship opportunities, click the icon below to search all the RI database
From the initial contact through to your interview, always convey your professional qualities clearly. A few points to consider:
- Communication should be brief, while clearly expressing your reason for making contact.
- All email communication should be free of any grammar or spelling errors.
- Have a brief introduction prepared about yourself and your interest, as well as how your experiences relate to the internship position.
- Create two versions of this introduction statement – one geared towards a conversation with a person, the other tailored for a voicemail message.
Interview Dress – First impressions are often irreversible. To make the best first impression, dress professionally at your interview, at all networking events, and in any situation in which you may be viewed by prospective employers. Link back to
There are several steps you can take to have a positive interview.
- Know where the interview is to take place and arrive 15 minutes early
- Prepare answers that reflect your knowledge of the company, based on the research you’ve done in preparing for this interview
- Come prepared with your own questions. This will show you have thought about your place in this company and that you want to be sure it is mutually beneficial for you to work there.
- Take notes during the interview. This will help you keep your thoughts organized and will be useful for your thank-you note after the interview. http://career.uri.edu/Handouts/Effective%20Interviewing.pdf
- Follow up after the interview with a thank you note.