Career Services

Planning your search

Searching for a job or for internship possibilities requires planning, focus, and time. 

Set goals for your search
Think of what is important to you and how your decisions may affect your career path. Do you want an internship to gain specific experience or skills? Do you wan to establish connections in a specific city? Do you want to work in an area where further educational opportunities are available? 

Focus your search
Being open to any opportunity anywhere can be overwhelming. Start with your goals what's important to you. Are you hoping to live in a certain geographic location? Is the size of a firm important to you? What is important to you in a work environment or projects? Narrow your search from there. 

Develop a timeline and plan
Finding a job or internship takes time. Start early and allow for some flexibility. If you know you want to apply for specific internships, learn when they will begin accepting applications. Check CyHire often and create saved searches to receive results by email. 

Prepare your search materials
You will need a resume, cover letter, references and portfolio when you begin to contact organizations. You will also need professional communication skills, a solid self-assessment of your goals and abilities, strategic answers to interview questions, interview attire, persistence and patience. 

Do your homework
Research firms or organizations and think about how your skills fit into what they do. When researching firms, find the appropriate contacts to receive your materials and know how they prefer to receive your portfolio or work samples. 

Research and networking
In addition to CyHire, professional associations and events, the Design Career Fair, other ISU career fairs, firm websites, trade journals, chambers of commerce, LinkedIn, and volunteer experiences may all be valuable resources in your search.

Government and service opportunities

Job boards specific to design 

Learn about careers by interest areas

Professional Associations