Find Jobs and Internships
Think of finding jobs and internships as a three-step process that repeats throughout your life: prepare, network, apply.
Prepare for Your Search
Internships and entry-level jobs are learning experiences, but your boss will expect you to arrive with skills, work ethic, and a sense of workplace etiquette. Prepare to succeed with workshops on networking and internship professionalism and you’ll be more likely to get the position, perform well, and have a satisfying experience that leads to new opportunities.
Network to Create Job and Internship Opportunities
Scout on GoHopOnline and LinkedIn
LinkedIn and GoHopOnline (an online networking tool for JHU alumni and students with more than 12,000 alumni), can help you build a professional network, identify opportunities and research organizations. You can connect your LinkedIn profile to your GoHopOnline profile to increase your network, as well. Join LinkedIn groups, find JHU alumni, or use GoHopOnline to search alumni by those who are willing to answer questions, meet with students, and become a mentor. Often, these connections can lead to finding or creating an internship or job that isn’t publicly posted.
Want more help? Use the resources below or discuss with a life design educator.
- PDF Document: Networking guide
- PDF Document: Sending professional emails
- LinkedIn for Students tutorials
Employer Information Sessions on Campus
The best way to connect with companies is through the hundreds of employer-led sessions on the JHU campus every year. Companies from all industries host events on their company’s culture, how to succeed at their interviews, networking, and more. During these sessions, students have a small audience with recruiters, meet JHU alumni who work at the company, and get insider tips on the application and interview process. All students who are serious about planning their career should attend these sessions throughout the year.
Different industries will have more employer-led sessions at different times of the year. Please check handshake.jhu.edu frequently for employer events, as they will be posted on a rolling basis.
Work through Your Existing Connections
Talk to Faculty
Talk to faculty, classmates and/or your neighbors – you never know who knows someone who works in a particular organization that interests you. You only discover this information when you reach out and ask.
Google a set of terms designed to find off-the-beaten-path articles (especially interviews) with current employees of a targeted organization at which you do not have contacts. After finding those articles, reach out to the person interviewed by thanking them for their insights that appeared in the article/interview, and ask for time to discuss the topic. For more information on this read The 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton.
When you have tried several other ways of identifying contacts, cold calling can be surprisingly effective, especially with smaller companies and those with human receptionists. Simply ask to speak to the most relevant contact using the information you found from earlier research. If asked, simply say you have questions about the organization.
JHU-led Internship Opportunities
A number of JHU departments have their own internship programs that do the legwork for you. Many of these positions work with alumni or other engaged groups, and are a great way to get both your career and network going.
JHU also offers a variety of stipends and fellowships to help students complete experiential education or internships that they might not normally be able to afford. Find a list of JHU internship programs and internship funding here.
Search Positions on Handshake
More than 10,000 employers, and thousands of rotating internship and job opportunities can be found at handshake.jhu.edu. You can use Handshake to apply to positions, including those that are part of JHU’s on-campus interviewing and allow you to interview in our office (in Fall 2019, this will be in Wyman Park, second floor) during a week day.
Career Fairs are a good place, though not the only or best place, to explore opportunities and meet a large number of employers who offer internship and/or job opportunities. JHU hosts one major career fair in the fall of each year, as well as a number of smaller fairs focused on specific industries. Please check our Career Fairs page for more information on local fairs and how to prepare effectively for a Career Fair.
Other Listings and Online Search Engines
These listings are also useful for finding more specific and local employers or postings.
- Internships USA More than 3,000 organizations offering internships for college and law students.
- Baltimore Business Journal Book of Lists A full list of area employers to consider. (Click, Search by city, then select lists and awards.)
- Washington Business Journal Book of Lists A full list of Washington-area employers. (Click, Search by city, then select lists and awards.)
- Baltimore CollegeTown Internship Listings
- JHU Center for Modern German Thought Internship Program listing
- JHU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Internship Board
- JHU Doctoral Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics Job and Internship postings
- JHU Earth and Planetary Sciences internship opportunities
- JHU Economics opportunities
- JHU Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute internship listings
- JHU Film and Media Studies internship database
- JHU Neuroscience research and internships
- JHU Psychological and Brain Sciences opportunities
- JHU Public Health internship and job opportunities
Other Internship Connections
- Parents Internship Network JHU parents work with their employers to post internships for students. Use the link above, or search “PIN” in the jobs section to find and apply to PIN internships. Make sure to reference your JHU connection in applications.