Develop a strategy for your internship or job search

The internship and job search looks different for students depending on your interests and what phase of the job search you're currently in. While some employers start recruiting early in the fall semester, the process continues throughout the year and well into spring. It's never too early or too late! Check out our resources for tailored advice for each phase of the job search process. 

  • Search strategies

    Ready to start your internship or job search? Our office is here to help make the process as smooth as possible.


    Many employers will begin their recruiting process (for internships and full-time positions) early in the fall semester. Beginning in September, employers will be on grounds to give information sessions, attend career fairs, participate in career-related programs, and conduct on-grounds interviews. However, the recruiting process continues throughout the year and well into spring so it's never too late to start!

    Getting Started:

    • Get familiar with Handshake. Complete your profile, set up filters for your job searches, find events to attend, review career search resources, and research jobs and employers.
    • Attend company information sessions and other job search events to learn about industries and job functions that appeal to you. Events are posted in Handshake.
    • Have your resume reviewed. You can make an individual appointment, come to drop-in hours, attend a resume marathon, or review on-line resources.
    • Join one or more Career Communities. Career Communities are organized by industry, not major, and provide an opportunity to connect to specific, tailored industry resources and programs. 


    Start Your Search:

    Handshake On Campus Interviews - Some employers will post positions in Handshake, review resumes and select candidates to interview on grounds. This is as easy as job searching gets - there is a published time frame for each stage of the search and the employers come to UVA to do in-person interviews! From Handshake, click "JOBS" and then the On-Campus Interviews button in the blue bar at the top.

    Handshake Job Postings - Hundreds of new jobs are posted in Handshake every day for UVA students to browse. You'll need to set up your job filters in Handshake to make sure you're seeing the positions most relevant to you. You'll be able to apply for these positions by submitting your resume through Handshake but some employers will also want you to apply through their own website. Unlike the On Campus Interviews, you may or may not hear anything in response to your application. Here are some tips for increasing the chances that you'll get some type of response.

    Research Employers - Maybe you know you're interested in a certain industry (autonomous cars, ed tech, construction, industrial manufacturing, app development for example) but aren't finding job opportunities through Handshake. In addition to job postings, Handshake also has a huge database of companies. While they may not have a position currently posted, any company that has posted a job in the past or attended a career fair or event at UVA will be in the database.  Searching by keyword, industry, or location can be a helpful way to narrow down your list.  Once you have a workable list, you can look for UVA alums (LinkedIn, Hoos On Line) that might be working there or our office can help you identify HR/recruiting contacts.

    More Tips on conducting your off-grounds search.

    How to use LinkedIn in your job and internship search to find alumni, explore career paths and research companies

    Industry Specific Job Boards

    Leadership Development and Rotational Programs - List maintained by Columbia University

  • Resumes & Cover Letters

    Creating resumes and cover letters

    Creating a resume is one of the first tasks to complete when starting your job or internship search. Taking time when you start your job search to build a strong master resume and cover letter that you can update and refine to target the specific jobs you're looking for will pay off in the long run. 

    Review tips for developing your documents and samples
  • Interviewing

    Preparing for the interview

    For many college students interviewing for a job or internship is a new concept. It can be a little daunting, but we're here to help!

    Interviewing Tips and Resources
  • Programs & Events

    Programs and Events

    Got a career-related question? We've got a program for that! 

    We use Handshake to post information about all of our events and programs that happen throughout the year. From 200+ employer career fairs, to small career design workshops, we try to plan events that will cover all of the career related topics you're interested. 

    Use Handshake to find and register for upcoming events - look for career fairs, employer information sessions, resume marathons, interviewing workshops, alumni panels, technology fairs, industry specific treks (company visits in other cities), career exploration activities and many others!

    UVA Career Center Event Calendar

  • Handshake

    Where students, employers and career services meet

    Handshake is the UVA online platform for all things career related. Handshake is where you can:

    • Search for internships, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, on-grounds jobs, and work study jobs
    • Apply and interview for On-Grounds Recruiting opportunities
    • View and register for the wide range of events and programs happening on grounds
    • Make an appointment to see a counselor
    • Search for companies that match your career interests
    • Utilize resources for career exploration, researching companies, and learning about career options
    • Complete your profile and get started!
    • Handshake FAQs

"One-on-one conversations and direct feedback from my career advisor really helped me focus on what I wanted to get out of my college experience at UVA. With personalized advice from career services, I was able to identify study abroad opportunities, networking events, and potential career paths related to my major."

Jessica Lin, BS Systems Engineering, 2017