Preparation and Search Strategies for Internships

Preparing to Search

It is recommended that before you begin searching for internships you complete the following:

  1. Meet with a career counselor to write a professional resume and have your resume critiqued, practiced writing cover letters, practiced interviewing and completed a mock interview.
  2. Purchased appropriate interview attire.
  3. Formally requested three people to serve as your professional references.
  4. Have identified the occupations you would like to work in after you graduate from FSU.

Need help with these four items? Schedule an appointment with a career counselor using Starfish.

Searching for Internships
  1. Our internship listing site, Handshake at
  2. Attend events
  3. Networking

Please click here for guidelines on virtual internships.


CHOICE funding is available up to a maximum of $5,000 per student during the semester in which you complete your internship course at FSU. Please note that funding is awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first served basis. 

Questions regarding this program should be emailed to Jill Gardosik, Internship Coordinator, at

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The Pathways Internship Program provides support to fund internships for students who do not meet the GPA requirements for the CHOICE program. Pathways supplements internships with CHOICE Program employers and other organizations located in the MetroWest region. Please find application instructions in the Career Services office in MC 412. Click here to view the application.


The Pathways Internship Program is established to serve Framingham State University full-time undergraduate students. Students must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

Program Essentials:

  • Workforce Readiness Training - In addition to the internship, students must complete a four hour "Workforce Readiness" training for participate in the Pathways Plus program (Suitable Solutions).
  • College Credit - Pathways program internships can provide students with college credit. Students must obtain prior faculty approval, faculty internship supervision, and be enrolled in an academic credit internship course at FSU.

For more information please contact Emmanuella Gibson at 508-626-4512 or to apply.


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in an internship to earn academic credit, while completing a night course and participating in weekly professional development activities all in one semester.   TWC's internship sites include government offices, communication organizations, law firms, trade and professional associations, human rights groups, and a variety of companies all located in and around the Washington, D.C area.

Students must meet with the Internship Coordinator in the Career Services & Employer Relations office, Jill Gardosik, to review academic, registrar, financial aid, and application considerations as soon as possible.

Students must meet with their academic advisor early in the process for permission to apply.  Students are also required to complete all paperwork by the deadlines imposed by FSU and TWC.

For more information about The Washington Center, please visit their website by clicking here.

MA Life Sciences

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state. Consistent with the MALSC's role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and will reimburse eligible companies for internship stipends.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is sponsoring their Internship Challenge again this year. This program offers paid internships to over 500 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Students submit one general application, they are not applying to a particular company or for a specific position. There is no application deadline. Interns are selected on a rolling basis throughout the year. For more information, go to the MALSC's website or take a look at the flyer for the program.

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The five leading life science organizations— MassBio, MassBioEd, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, MBI, and Life Science Care—have joined forces to connect passionate, high-achieving four-year college students with paid internships of up to 12 weeks. Across the state, leading companies collectively have reserved a minimum of 75 internship slots for the Life Science Scholars Program each summer. The internships are intended to serve as a stepping-stone to a rewarding career for a talent pool that has typically had difficulty gaining access to the burgeoning life science industry. It will also help growing Massachusetts biotechnology companies fill the additional 12,000 positions estimated to be created by 2023.  Project Onramp is ready to break down barriers and speed students from low-income backgrounds to success. Project Onramp was founded on the principle that there is no better way to get started on a career in life sciences – to get your foot in the door – than an internship at one of the state’s leading life sciences companies.