Preparing for the Job/Internship Search

Key Resources

From webinars to networking strategies, there are plenty of ways to increase your appeal as a prospective employee. Here are a few resources:\

Here are some great resources to use in your career search:

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Go Government Webinar Series

The Partnership for Public Service designed a series of webinars for individuals seeking government jobs and internships. Participants will hear from Partnership staff, federal employees, and agency recruiters, and will learn how to best leverage their skills and experiences to find the right federal fit

Marketing Your International Experience

Learn how to incorporate your international experience (travel, study abroad, work abroad) into your resume. This program was sponsored by the International Studies Office in collaboration with University Career Services, UCS Affiliate Career Offices, and the University Internship Program. Listen to the audio or see the Prezi.

Start with Service Panel Discussion  

Listen to this discussion with representatives from Teach For America, Peace Corps, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Virginia College Advising Corps/AmeriCorps to learn more about postgraduate service programs, and how you can use them to develop necessary skills for your career goals. Listen to the audio.

The Business of Social Innovation

Gain insight into social entrepreneurship, including companies to consider, concrete steps to take toward securing an internship or job in the field, and to create awareness & networking opportunities for the UVA community surrounding this socially conscious and civically engaged area. The panel features industry experts from The Avalon Consulting Group, Cville Coffee/Charlottesville Community Investment Collaborative, Ashoka, giv2giv and Village Capital. Hosted by the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, McIntire School of Commerce, SEED & Enactus and sponsored by a grant from the Jefferson Trust. Listen to the audio.

MyUCS Protected Online Resources 

University Career Services subscribes to a number of resources that you have access to without having to pay additional fees. Just create a MyUCS account and login to view resources including: Vault Industry and Employer Guides, public service job listing subscriptions, and Going Global (international and domestic job posting and country specific employment guides).

HoosOnline Career Contacts

Connecting directly with people can have a positive impact on your career plans and/or job search.  People can help you gain a better understanding of their field, industry, organization, or of a particular job and the hiring process.  Over 20,000 U.Va. alumni have agreed to help fellow Hoos by becoming a part of the University Career Assistance Network (UCAN), a networking tool originally created by the Alumni Association. UCAN is accessible from the Career Tools section of HoosOnline.

Learning in Action Web Site

This web site is the front door to public service at the University of Virginia, dedicated to connecting students, faculty and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement and co–curricular service opportunities.


Create a profile and join the University of Virginia Career Networking Community to access a network of U.Va. alumni and employers seeking to hire U.Va. students. You may find job/internship postings posted by other members and helpful tips and advice. The LinkedIn company pages are also a great way to find out more about the organizations you are interested in.

Interviewing Resources

Review the interviewing section of the Career Development Model and practice using Interview Stream. Set up your free account for 24/7 interviewing practice using your PC, MAC or iPad and an Internet connection. View your recorded interview and share with others for feedback via email. Choose from pre-developed interviews or 6,000+ questions; also includes resources and advice.


Externships are short term job shadowing opportunities that give you the opportunity to: experience a typical week on the job, investigate a career field of your choice, clarify your career goals and interests, “test drive” a specific company or location without the risk of longer-term commitment, get your foot in the door for competitive jobs and add value to your resume. A job shadowing experience can help you decide what you want to do, and just as importantly, what you do not what to do. 

Career Development Model

Use the interactive UCS career development model to learn more about options for discovering yourself, exploring options, reaching your goals, and maximizing your decisions. 

Career Fair and Resume Preparation

Download this PDF to help you prepare for upcoming career fairs. Polish up your resume and learn how to make the most of your time networking with employers.

JumpStarting Your Job Search

Download and follow the steps in this PDF to help jump start and refine your Job/Internship Search.

Library Resources

View Online Catalog of Resources Available for Check-Out from the Career Services Library