Start Your Job/ Internship Search
Career Services helps you conduct a successful job or internship search. We review resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and provide strategy advice.
Employers may request resumes, cover letters, applications, and references as part of the application process. Learn more about each of these components.
Quality applications may result in interviews conducted in-person, over the phone, or via video. Here are some resources that can help improve your interviewing skills.
Salary and Relocation
Before accepting an offer in a new geographic location, you should consider the cost of living, culture and opportunities. Use these resources to research salary and housing options.
- Intern Pay Rates - All co-ops and many internships are paid positions. Find out what salary ranges you can expect here.
- Recent Grad Salary Statistics - Salary of recent UNL graduates.
- State of Nebraska Salary Survey - Salary of Nebraska employees both in state government and other organizations.
- NACE Salary Resources - Find general salary and benefit information.
- CareerBliss - Research salaries and organization reviews.
- Glassdoor - Provides salary information and reviews .
- CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator - Compares salary and related cost of living.
- Bankrate Cost of Living Comparison Calculator - Compares salary and specific living costs.
- MoneyGeek Cost of Living Calculator - Compares salary between two cities and specific living costs.
- Salary.com - Provides salary reports and articles.
- UNL Student Money Management Center - Helps students manage finances and make good financial decisions
- CityTownInfo.com - Offers profiles of over 20,000 U.S. cities.
- Find your Spot - Quiz identifies cities based on your preferences.
- Nebraska Community Profiles - Provides information on communities and employers.
- World Chamber Network - A global directory of Chambers of Commerce.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Provides information and locations of Chambers of Commerce.
Internships and co-ops provide hands-on experience and skills in your career field. Positions may be full-time, part-time, paid or unpaid and many UNL departments allow you to earn academic credit in conjunction with an internship.
Begin applying during your sophomore year. For local internships, you may usually apply right up to the beginning of the semester or summer you wish to work. National and international internships often have early deadlines (up to 12 months in advance) of each semester or summer.
Internships and co-ops are available all year. Internships may be part-time or full-time, and may continue beyond a single semester. Work schedules vary, but students generally work 10 to 15 hours per week in part-time internships. Co-ops are typically full-time for a summer and semester.
Although some employers provide housing or have arrangements with realtors or college campuses with short-term housing possibilities, many interns must research options and obtain their own housing. Ask your employer for ideas to help with this process.
Many UNL departments allow students to earn academic credit in conjunction with an internship. Career Services provides an Academic Credit Contract (ACC) to record the faculty sponsor, credit hours and course requirements. Some academic departments use alternative forms to document academic credit taken in conjunction with an internship. Regular tuition and fees are incurred for credit hours earned in conjunction with internships. Credit is contingent upon successful completion of the work experience and academic assignments.
Career Services also offers the opportunity for academic credit through an internship course in the Department of Educational Psychology, EDPS 496/896. Contact Career Services to set up an appointment with an instructor to explore this option.
The Internship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines personal learning objectives and details of the internship. Complete this with your supervisor to share a mutual understanding of the nature of your work and of your goals. Some academic departments use alternative forms to document internships.
Evaluations will provide valuable feedback for you, your employer, and Career Services. At the end of each term in your internship, both you and your supervisor should complete an Internship Evaluation. Some employers have their own evaluation, but if not, you may use the following:
Use your internships and co-ops to develop your professional reputation. Make it positive by:
- Striving to fulfill your learning objectives
- Observing organization standards and rules
- Listening to instructions, asking questions, and accepting constructive criticism
- Maintaining positive and professional relationships with co-workers and clients
- COMMUNICATION - Keep your supervisor informed of your progress and if you are experiencing any difficulties.
- CONFIDENTIALITY - Maintain confidentiality regarding your employer, customers, clients and co-workers; disclose information only on a “need-to-know” basis to complete work assignments.
- LIABILITY - Understand legal liability issues related to your work site and activities; UNL does not insure students during periods of temporary employment through internships or co-ops. Consult with UNL Legal Services 335 Nebraska Union, 472-3350 if you have questions.
- HARASSMENT - Treat co-workers, clients, vendors, and others politely and professionally. Unwelcome, uninvited behavior with sexual overtones in the work place is sexual harassment and is illegal. Alert your supervisor if you experience such behavior.
- ACCOMODATIONS - Tell your employer what accommodations might be needed for you to successfully complete your work assignments; employers must provide reasonable, but not necessarily the exact accommodation requested.
If you are uncomfortable or unsure of how to address a particular issue in your internship, meet with Career Services to explore options.
The education job search requires specialized steps and documents.
Federal Government Employment
Job opportunities with the U.S. government are available in many career fields. The application and hiring process differs from a traditional job search.
- USAJOBS Resource Center - offers tips on writing a federal resume and answer relevant position questions.
- The Resume Place-Federal Job Resource - helps students and recent graduates find and apply for federal jobs.
- Making the Difference - includes tips on how to use USAJobs and information on Security Clearances.
Exploring and Researching Opportunities
- Federal Pathways Program - is an initiative streamlining the federal job search for students and recent graduates.
- USA.gov-Agency List - is the official portal to all federal, state and local government resources and services and lists all U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
- Federal Jobs by College Major - assists in choosing a career by your major field of study.
Academic/ Doctoral Employment
These sites provide job search assistance in the higher education environment
- Versatile PhD - helps PhDs identify and prepare for non-academic careers