Find an Internship

What is an Internship?

Internships: Out-of-classroom experiences that provide practical exposure to a career, industry, or field of study to supplement classroom education.

Internships take many different forms and are often tailored to fit specific academic and career goals.  The compensation, estimated total hours, location, work environment, and duration of internships varies greatly depending on the employer.  

Internships provide an opportunity for career exploration and confidence building. An internship can also be a time of self-assessment when students clarify their strengths, weaknesses, and work environment preferences. Internship benefits include valuable hands-on experiences, resume building, and networking with professionals in their chosen fields.

Madelyn Beck
UM intern Madelyn Beck on assignment

Where can I Find an Internship?

  • Log on to Handshake. Search our online database for internships via your major, desired location, or keyword. New positions are added daily!  (see additional information below)
  • Make an appointment. If you are having trouble finding an internship that interests you, make an appointment with an Internship Coordinator by calling 406-243-2815.  If you are interested in International Internships, our international internship coordinator can help you find the opportunity that is right for you.
  • Conduct creative research. Search websites, blogs, newsletters, and social media for internships being offered in your major.  If you know you want to work with a specific organization or company, review their website for established internship programs.
  • Create your own.  If you are interested in a company/organization not currently advertising an internship, we can help you contact them about setting one up! Remember to talk to your faculty advisor before pursuing any internship experiences.
  • Connect with professionals in your field.  Use social media and Linkedin to make connections with established professionals, don't be afraid to ask around about potential openings and let people know that you are looking!
  • Network. Ask your professors, departmental secretary, peers, parents, and friends if they know of any potential internship.
  • Explore other resources. Check out the Volunteer Missoula website, the Missoula Job Service, or other job boards and websites found on our Best Internship Websites handout.