Search Jobs and Internships
In some ways, identifying open jobs and internships is fairly easy. The majority of people seeking jobs and internships rely on the obvious resources: websites posting opportunities, newspaper classifieds, and job boards on company websites. However, you should ask yourself the question, “Why do so many people use these resources?” It’s because they’re convenient. For this reason, it’s important to understand that every time you use these same resources, so are thousands of others. That means you are competing against that many other applicants! This convenience leads to frustration when progress in the job or internship search is limited.
Finding jobs and internships will take effort on your part – go online, check out any reputable article, blog, or instruction on searching for jobs/internships and it will confirm that an effective search is not convenient or easy; opportunities will not fall in your lap unless you create them.
Effective Job and Internship Search Strategies
The best search strategies are those that reduce your competition. Career and Academic Planning offers programs and resources that help JMU students effectively conduct their job/ internship search.
Recruit-A-Duke is James Madison University’s online career services management system that provides JMU students access to
- Search internships and full-time jobs
- Career fairs
- Employer information sessions
- Practice interviews
- On-campus interviews, and more.
Vault is a great resource for exploring career fields and job titles that interest you. You can research industries to learn more about a field, or view profiles of different professions to learn what a typical day would be like in the life of a job you're considering.
Job Search and Internship Websites
- General Search Engines: These comprehensive job and internship posting sites can be helpful with any search.
- By Major: Job/internship boards specific to your major or field.
- By City: Find jobs and internships in a particular city. This page also includes suggestions for job hunting in the Harrisonburg area.
- Work or Study Abroad: Resources for those interested in jobs or internships overseas including GoinGlobal, which provides country-specific career and employment information, including worldwide internship and job postings, H1B VISA employer listings, corporate profiles, and more!
- Internships and Summer Jobs: Browse internships, summer jobs, and other short-term opportunities.
- Federal Jobs & Internships: With over 2.5 million civilian employees, the federal government is the largest employer in the United States! In order to succeed in this specialized job market, make sure that you know how to effectively conduct a federal search and get hired!
- Campus Opportunities: Part-time jobs and volunteering on campus and in the Harrisonburg area.
For Specific Populations
CAP Resource Center
Come to the CAP Resource Center to explore majors and careers as well as resources for conducting an internship, job, or graduate school search. Career educators, who are trained peer assistants, are available to assist you. You can also schedule a time to tour the Resource Center or browse our complete collection of books available in the Resource Center.
Networking is more than just meeting people or “schmoozing”. Networking gives you access to information that’s not always available to the general public. This lifelong skill is about talking to most anyone (friends, family, employers, colleagues, etc.), having conversations regarding the information you seek, and tapping into the “hidden job market”.
Academic Credit for Internships
If you are pursuing academic credit for your internship, you'll need to pay attention to the location of your internship placement. Due to new legislation, you can only receive academic credit for out-of-state internships in certain states. New states are being approved periodically, so please check the JMU and State Authorization page for updates. For more information, see the Academic Credit section of our Internship Resources page.