Search for Jobs and Internships
Earning valuable experience during your college career is an asset on your resume. Internships and fellowships as well as part-time and eventually full-time work are great stepping-stones as you advance forward in your desired industry and sector.
Internships are temporary positions for students or recent graduates that provide the opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience related to your individual career goals and/or field of study. There are many benefits in pursuing an internship including valuable workplace experience, learning from professionals, meeting new contacts and testing your "fit" in a field. Find additional internship information about where Brandeis students have interned on the Brandeis Internship Exchange (BIX).
Jobs come in many forms from temporary to part-time and full-time. Before diving in to apply for singular companies or job titles, it’s important to keep an open mind and understand the type of job you want, positions to avoid, skills you wish to obtain, location and commute, and overall career growth. A great tool to kick your job search strategy in high-gear is to reference the industry recruiting timeline (PDF) to better align your job applications with when recruiters are looking to hire.
Four essential steps in organizing a successful job and internship search include:
- Self-assessment: identify your goals, values, skills, interests, motivations and strengths
- Research and network: learn about individual companies, roles and fields through targeted industry research and networking
- Self-marketing: create individualized resumes, cover letters and interview skills that demonstrate the match between your experience and the position
- Decision-making: clarify your priorities to be able to assess and respond to offers and choose options that meet your needs
There are two search strategies for finding career opportunities:
- Search for jobs/internships that are posted on websites
- Gather information about positions or potential openings from networking and research
The most comprehensive list of positions is on an employer's website. Some employers also post positions on other sites to draw attention to them with specific audiences. These sites are good sources for openings and may lead you to organizations that you had not heard about but are a good fit for you.
Company WebsitesSearch individual company websites to find internship and job offerings. Start researching organizations and explore industries and companies on Vault.
Log into Handshake, to discover career resources, find amazing internships and jobs, connect with organizations, and participate in events just for Brandeis Students. Complete your profile for a personalized experience. For additional information and tips on how to make the most out of your Handshake profile, visit the Handshake Student Help Center.
LACN (Liberal Arts Career Network) Database
LACN (Liberal Arts Career Network) has 15,000+ job and internship positions updated daily for students with liberal arts degrees.
GlassdoorBrandeis students have full (free) access to all information on Glassdoor.com without having to create an account. Search jobs from over 20,000 job sites, newspapers and company career pages. See anonymous employee reviews, salaries, and more for over 250,000 companies. Research salary, bonus, and compensation details by occupation, industry and company. Browse real interview questions and other interview details for any job or company.
Connect with professionals in your industry and field of interest, and utilize the LinkedIn job search function and find positions related to your interests and skills.
Job and Internship Search Sites
- General: Search for listings based on job type, salary, location and more using these sites: Indeed.com, Internships.com, Idealist.org, Serviceyear.org, and USAJobs.
- Specific: Narrow down your search by using field-specific resources Spotlight on Careers has field-specific overviews, links to the best online sites, job and internship resources, and resume and interview tips - from the arts to science to business. Library (LTS) Career Resources provides overview of indepth search sites.
- Leadership and Development Opportunities: programs that provide you with in-depth experiences, ongoing mentorship, and targeted training across a range of business areas within a company. See Columbia University's Leadership Development & Rotational Programs page.
Collaborate with HiattDevelop personalized strategies to stay flexible in an ever-changing professional world. Clarify your interests, brainstorm possibilities and create individualized application materials that showcase your skills and experience. Make an appointment to meet with us in-person, over the phone, or via video. Quick questions? Drop in for 15-minute, first-come, first-served meetings during the academic year focused on application material and brief questions.
Beyond Posted Positions
About 70-80 percent of job seekers report that research, networking and outreach were integral to their success in the job and internship search.
Start networking your way to a job by following these steps:
- Research and follow individual organizations that work in your field whether or not they have current openings.
- Seek information about industry trends, organizational initiatives and sought-after skills from professors, alumni, fellow students, mentors, family and friends.
- Expand your network to reach out beyond your immediate contacts to others in your field who can provide valuable information.
- Have a solid LinkedIn profile that reflects your past and present experience, professional interests and full skill set.