*Updated January 31, 2020
If you are a college student looking for internships, check out the job board at The University Network (TUN). Like all our other products, TUN’s job engine is wholly dedicated to college students who are still in school, so we concentrate only on placing students as interns (paid and unpaid), part-timers, virtual, and brand ambassadors.
Helpful Hint: Before you submit your application, make sure your cover letter and resume address all the points raised in The Complete Cover Letter Guide for College Students and The Complete Resume Guide for College Students: 12 Rules for Resume Perfection!.
What does TUN‘s job engine offer students by way of services?
TUN’s job engine makes it easy and FREE for students to find internships (paid or unpaid), part-time jobs, virtual jobs, short-term projects, and brand ambassadorships.
Students can set up a profile quickly, or skip the profile and start browsing the job listings. You will need to register though to apply for a position. Once you’ve set up a profile, you will have access to a dashboard where you can manage your applications and even bookmark specific job listings. TUN also gives you the option to post a resume that you could choose to publish for everyone to see, or select to have only the employers see it. If you are not comfortable posting a resume online, you can choose to submit a pdf version of your resume at the time you submit an application. Once you submit your application, employers will receive an email from TUN and they can review your resume, LinkedIn profile, and any other documents you choose to include. Employers can then update your Application Status, so you will know right away if your application has been read, accepted, or rejected.
Pro Tip: When creating a profile on TUN, you have a choice of making your online resume public or keeping it private. If you are concerned about your social media profile from Facebook, Twitter and so on, having a professional public profile on TUN is a great way for you to manage your reputation.
There are other job boards that can help college students find internships, but they are not as targeted. They are either job boards in the college market that also list entry-level jobs, or general job boards that will help anyone looking for a job.
Here is a brief summary of 11 of these broader job boards.
Internships.com, which is part of Chegg, started out just helping with placement of interns, but now it also places college graduates for entry-level positions. It is partnering with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the purpose of connecting students with an interest in human resource with SHRM members. Students can register with Internships for FREE and search for jobs using their major, keywords, a specific location, and even a particular company. You can narrow your search to part-time/full-time, paid/unpaid, employer type (profit, non-profit, government). You can create a resume that’s visible to employers once you submit your application. Internships.com does a good job of coaching students through the process of filling out their Internships resume by providing samples and helpful tips for each section. Students can also attach their actual resume to their profile so employers can view that as well.
Pro Tip: Verify the application deadline in the actual job description, as it appears that job posts past their deadlines may remain on the database and the application deadline that appears at the top of each listing may just state “None.”
WayUp.com, formerly Campus Job, acts as a marketplace, connecting students in post-secondary school with companies and organizations that are looking to employ students in part-time or temporary positions. Students can use WayUp for FREE, but must register to apply for jobs. You can upload your resume and search jobs by category or location. You can narrow your filters by time of year, location, job type, and even industry to find the right opportunities for you.
Pro Tip: Be sure to check the deadline and whether it’s a part-time or full-time position.
Students who want to use LinkedIn need to set up a profile, which is a FREE service for students. Students with a free account may, among other things, view 100 results per search, request up to 5 introductions at a time, and save up to 3 job searches and get weekly alerts on them. But students must pay a fee for premium membership if they want to boost their application and have their application show up above the applications of non-premium members. Check here for more information on how to use LinkedIn for your job search.
Pro Tip: LinkedIn is more a networking tool than a job search engine. It works best if you have a strong LinkedIn profile, so you can make the most of networking opportunities available at LinkedIn.
Craigslist is a little light on internship-type posts, but is handy if you are looking to fill in for an event or small project.
Pro Tip: Check out the gigs section for quick money. Many times employers need help for a party or other function and post the day of the event, so check often. But watch out for scams and do not disclose confidential information unless you have researched the company to ensure the job post is real.
Students can upload their resume for FREE at Glassdoor.com. The automatic search radius for jobs at Glassdoor is 25 miles, so students searching for a job in a specific location will see all jobs within 25 miles of their search location. Jobs are sorted based on relevancy to the job title, proximity to the job seeker, and date posted. You can narrow your search by the date posted, company rating, company name and distance.
Pro Tip: Glassdoor is unique in that it provides in-depth company profiles that includes anonymous reviews from current and former employees on company culture, salary etc., which will help you determine if a company is for you.
Idealist.org serves over 120,000 organizations in 130 countries and accepts job and internship postings from government, nonprofit and other companies. Idealist also lists volunteer opportunities. Idealist classifies internships as paid and unpaid, which makes it easy to search.
Pro Tip: Since Idealist is “all about connecting idealists — people who want to do good,” it works best for students who are like-minded and searching for specific types of internships.
Indeed.com is like Google for job search in that it also aggregates job postings from thousands of other sources, so you will be dealing with ads not just from Indeed but also from other sources. Students can use Indeed for FREE. Indeed gives you the option to upload or build a resume online, which you can choose to make public or keep private. Indeed has an advanced search function that helps you pinpoint your job search. Indeed also offers a phone screening program, which is designed to let the employers know more about an applicant.
Pro Tip: Since Indeed is also an aggregator, you may find yourself being redirected towards other sites to start applying, so it is not as convenient as other sites that allow you to apply with one click.
AfterCollege.com helps with placement for entry-level jobs and internships. Students can register for FREE and include an introductory video with their application. You can browse jobs by industry, category, and state.
Pro Tip: AfterCollege targets employers in STEM, health care, and business, so it’s more helpful for job seekers looking for jobs in one of those 3 industries. Also, it appears that jobs that are no longer available may still show in the “Now Hiring” section, but they will be flagged as “no longer available” if that’s the case.
CollegeGrad.com was set up to help college graduates with entry-level jobs, but also has internships. Students can post their resumes for FREE and apply for jobs. You can search jobs by level, title, industry, location, and employer. You can also narrow your search by posted date and/or relevance.
Pro Tip: You can’t use CollegeGrad if you are looking for unpaid internships, as it does not accept unpaid internship postings.
CollegeRecruiter.com targets recent graduates, college students and alumni. Students can register for FREE and apply for jobs. You can search for jobs using keywords and location. You can create job alerts and filter your search by location, company and type of employment.
Pro Tip: CollegeRecruiter works best if you are looking for an internship in very large companies or government agencies. According to information published on its website, its “customers are primarily Fortune 1,000 companies, federal government agencies, and other employers who want to hire dozens, hundreds, or thousands of students and recent graduates per year.”
FindSpark.com, formerly NY Creative Interns, helps place students for entry-level and mid-level jobs, and internships in NYC and Chicago. Students can become a general member for FREE and apply for jobs, receive Weekly Opportunities Newsletter, participate in virtual workshops etc. Students can also become a premium member for $5 per month, which will give them access to more services, including free registration to select events. FindSpark classifies internships into paid, stipend + college credit, and unpaid, which makes it easily searchable.
Pro Tip: FindSpark is great if you are in NYC or Chicago, but its service as of this writing does not extend beyond those markets.
Susan Chu is a writer and editor who likes to write about trends in higher education.