Currently I am in the process of trying to find an internship for the summer and I’m sure you all know that it is no easy task. There are some many different websites where you can look for and apply to internships it can be really overwhelming. During my search I have found some websites that I think stand out from the rest as really good websites to use to search. I have found that these websites are user friendly, have a lot of listings, and also offer some resources to help you with your search. For each website I put what I liked and disliked about it so you can be prepared before you visit it. The following are my four favorite websites.
The Good: I like this website because you can easily search for internships in any city and specify exactly the kind of internship you want. You can search by paid or unpaid or both and also by if they are a profit or non-profit company. They also have entry level jobs and student jobs listed in case you aren’t currently searching for internships. Another really awesome part about this site is their student resources area that has a ton of helpful articles and the internship predictor which helps you figure out what might be a good internship for you. I especially like the internship predictor since I feel like so many college students have no idea about what they want to do when they graduate and this is a great way to start narrowing down the options.
The Bad: My biggest problem with this site though is you have to register for an account an create a profile that is basically a resume in order to apply to the internships. It only took me a minute to create an account, but it took me about twenty minutes to fill out my profile. They also don’t get rid of old postings very often so you could be applying to internships that aren’t looking for people anymore.
2. Career Sushi
The Good: This site is probably the most user friendly internship search out there and I love to use it. Once you take a minute to sign up for an account you get to the dashboard that is above and you can start searching and applying for internships. You can search by company where they list all of the companies that use career sushi to find interns and then you can click on ones you like and their page will open up in a new page (I am a huge fan of the fact that they open in a new page so you don’t lose your spot in the list). Then their page lists different things about the company and you can choose to follow them so you get a message when they post new positions. You can also search by opportunities to see which positions you can apply for now.
The Bad: One thing I don’t like about Career Sushi is that there aren’t a ton of postings so there might not be a lot that interest you when you look. I also am not a huge fan of the application process because for most companies all they have you do to apply for the internship is write a why me statement. I feel like you should be able to at least send a resume as well, but you can’t unless the company specifically asks for it.
The Good: InternMatch has a ton of listings which is great because it can be a one stop shop for you. All of the listing you get when you search are also really relevant to what you searched, which doesn’t happen on a lot of sites. I love all of the different ways you can specify the type of internship you are searching for such as category, type, and sector. You are able to search by season too which is the only time I have seen a website do that, but also a huge draw when your like me and only looking for an internship for the summer. They also have a feature they call badges which are basically tags for the internships that let you know things like when you can start and how long it will take to apply. For internships that have one-step apply you just quickly register and upload your resume and a cover letter and you’re good to go. There is an area on the website called guides where you can find a bunch of helpful information about internships.
The Bad: I really can’t find anything that I don’t like about InternMatch. It has all of the necessities and is pretty easy to use.
The Good: Out of the four, this one is probably my least favorite, but it still has some features that I like that made me put it on this list. First of all it is really simple (aka it’s living up to it’s name) so it’s pretty easy to search on it and find some internships that fit what you want. They have a ton (they advertise that they have millions) of postings so there will definitely be something for everyone. One feature that I am a huge fan of is your ability to search by date posted. I hate wasting time applying to internships just to find out the listing was posted a year ago. With this website you can search for ones posted in the past 30 days, 7 days, or since you last visited.
The Bad: Because of it’s simplicity it sometimes takes a little bit of keyword tweaking (and therefore a longer amount of time) in order to find something that fits what you need, but you definitely will find something eventually. Another downside (or perk depending how you look at it) is it is basically just a bank of listing from a ton of different places so for most listings when you click on them you are directed to a new website where you have to apply. This means that if you find 5 internships that you like they could be from 5 different websites which all have a different application system.