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Internship resources

The following are tools and resources available for students to locate and find an internship. Keep in mind that not all available internships may be approved for academic credit and that you must complete the university's internship approval process before the internship can officially be approved.

Many job seekers believe that the best way to find an internship is by submitting lots of applications. That is not true! The most effective tool you have in job searching is actually talking to others or networking. Networking can feel intimidating to people, but it is essentially talking to people to learn information. Sometimes, those people are folks you already know! To learn more about networking, check out the Career Center’s Job Search and Networking tools.

There are a lot of internship opportunities out there, but it is your job to find them. Networking is the most effective way to find your next internship, but you should also review resources that exist for you.

Metro State-specific resources

  • Career Center—Meet with staff within the Career Center to learn about preparing your job search skills to accomplish a successful search.
  • Handshake—Handshake is Metro State’s online job and internship board that connects students to employers. Handshake works specifically for employers seeking Metro State students.
  • Metro State Connect—Metro State Connect is a community of Metro State alumni and students sharing their experiences and advice through networking connections.
  • Ramsey County Progressive Internship Program—This program is structured to provide a paid two-year experience across a student’s transfer from Saint Paul College into a four-year program at Metro State University. Students gain work experience in a local government setting through different projects of progressive difficulty. Students will have peer-learning opportunities and expand professional networks within Ramsey County government.

Previous internship sites for Metro State students

A great way to find an internship is through networking, but what if you don’t know anyone in your field? The Career Center has gathered data from past students and mapped out where other students in your major have completed internships and provided additional resources to begin your search.

Log into My.Metro. Select “Downloads” under the Resources tab on the left column. In the Document Library, that opens up after selecting Downloads, you will find Internship Resources. Download and start exploring. Please note that the document has resources separated by major and can be navigated by using the bottom tabs.

Minnesota internship search sites and programs

  • Capitol Pathways—open access to policymaking and public service to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Includes a paid spring internship for BIPOC student who are currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college in Minnesota. Applications generally due in October.
  • ConnextMSP—built to ensure that young professionals of color in the Twin Cities are recruited, hired, and supported by local employers as they launch their careers. Join the Talent Network to start building connections and learn about local opportunities.
  • League of Minnesota Cities—find internship opportunities at a Minnesota city. Use “intern” as your keyword search.
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits—largest nonprofit job board in Minnesota, including internship opportunities.
  • SciTech Minnesota—connects STEM college students (science, technology, engineering, and math) to paid internships in small Minnesota businesses.
  • UpTurnships—engage in short term projects or full-time summer internships while gaining professional development opportunities.
  • Urban Scholars—connects diverse students to public sector organizations to build future leaders. Includes a full-time paid summer internship, professional development training, and professional networking. Applications generally due January–February.

National internship search sites

  • CareerOneStop—Search for internship opportunities by using the “job finder” link on this robust career exploration website.
  • USAJobs—Find paid federal internship opportunities available to a variety of different majors.
  • U.S. Department of State—Internship opportunities focused on U.S. diplomacy throughout the world as well as in Washington D.C. and bureaus in various states.