How to Apply for Internships

When should I begin sending out applications?

For local opportunities in the Orlando/Winter Park area, Career Services recommends applying about 2-3 months before you would like to start the internship. Internships are typically completed within the dates of the semester, so if for example, you are planning on participating in a Spring internship, a good goal would be to get your internship applications sent out by mid-October;whereas, if you are planning to participate in a summer internship, Career Services recommends sending out your applications by mid-March.

For nationwide opportunities in large cities, such as New York, Boston, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, many application deadlines are 3-6 months before the position starts. So, for example, if you want to intern in New York City over the summer, some of your applications may be due near the end of the fall semester, and others may be due during the early part of the spring semester.

Finally, if you are interested in applying for highly competitive opportunities, such as with the U.S. State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency, you should plan on submitting your applications 6-9 months in advance. As a example, the deadline for summer internships with the U.S. State Department is typically around November 1st of the preceding fall. Also, it is necessary to do early planning if you are interested in applying for international internship opportunities.


If you are an international student studying at Rollins on an F-1 Visa, then your internship must be approved as being related to major or minor by the Office of International Student & Scholar Services. Before you begin your internship search, please visit the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) page on the International Student & Scholar Services web site for more information and to access the International Student Internship Approval Form.



What is the process for finding and applying for an internship?

Use the steps below to find and apply for internship opportunities:

  • Attend an upcoming Internship Planning Workshop held in the Office of Career Services. Dates for these can be found on the Career Services Calendar or in the weekly CareerQuest E-newsletter.

  • Research internship opportunities through Jobs for Tars, nationwide databases, or create your own internship. You can access Jobs for Tars and several nationwide databases, including Internships-USA, InternMatch, and Current Internships in Liberal Arts via your R-CareerLink account.

  • Complete an Internship Planning Worksheet as soon as you begin thinking about doing an internship for a future semester and bring it to Career Services for an Internship Planning Workshop, a scheduled appointment, or during our Walk-In Hours.

  • Prepare a draft of your resume by attending a Resume Writing Workshop or using the Resume Packet.

  • Have your resume critiqued by a staff member in Career Services. Drop off your resume during our regular office hours and pick it up any time after 3:00 p.m. the next day.

  • For local Orlando/Winter Park positions, apply to 3-5 internships you found on Jobs for Tars or through other sources. For internships in large cities such as New York, Boston, and Washington, DC, apply to 5-7 opportunities you found through nationwide databases or networking contacts.

  • Call employers within 1-2 weeks of submitting your resume and any other requested materials (e.g. cover letter) to make sure that they have received your documents and to ask if they have any questions about your pending application. Be sure to check your e-mail and voicemail on a regular basis for messages from employers.

  • Use the Internship Tracking Sheet to help you keep a record of where you have applied and who you have followed up with at each company/organization. 

  • Practice your interviewing skills. Pick up an interviewing packet from the Office of Career Services and/or call the office to make an appointment for a practice interview. If your computer has a web cam, you may also conduct a practice interview online using the InterviewStream program, available through your R-CareerLink account.

  • If you would like to receive academic credit for the internship, submit a Credit Approval Form to Career Services before the internship registration deadline for each semester listed on the Career Services Calendar.

For more information about receiving academic credit for an internship, including eligibility criteria, how to have your internship approved for credit (if not listed on Jobs for Tars), and how to register for the academic internship course, please visit the How to Earn Academic Credit for an Internship page.



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