Finding + Applying: Places to Start


Handshake is BU’s online hub for internship and job listings. Although some organizations will be locally based, we receive listings from employers all over the country as well as international employers.

Career Fairs

Each semester, we hold a Career Fair in the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Employers from a variety of industries take part, looking to recruit BU students for open positions, including internships. We post the list of attending organizations on Handshake ahead of time so you can research the organizations and positions and prepare targeted questions.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni are invited to attend.

Researching Industries + Organizations

Just as we always tell students to research an organization and the position before an interview, it’s equally important to learn as much as you can before you apply for an internship. Why? For two reasons: you’ll be more likely to choose opportunities that are right for you; and, you’ll be able to target your resume and cover letter more appropriately.

Aside from exploring an organization’s website, you can learn more about various organizations by using the resources below:

Word to the Wise:

Once you know something about the organization, be sure you understand what the internship involves. Arriving to the interview armed with relevant knowledge will only make you a better candidate.

Tapping Other Sources

Use your network of contacts. Are there friends of the family, parents of friends, or other acquaintances who might work at an organization of interest?

If you’re familiar with or interested in a particular organization, check their websites for internships. If they have programs, great, go ahead and apply. If not, write to them anyway, send your resume, and ask about internship positions. They might not have anything, and may not get back to you, but they might also be impressed by your initiative.