Internship and Job Search
Ready to gain real-world experience? We offer resources and support for your internship or job search. Follow these steps to get started. You may also search current open positions in ePACK.
Preparing for Your Search
Follow 5 simple steps to prepare
Your goal is to present your strengths to employers — in print and in person. Below are key elements of a search to help you reach your goal and increase your confidence in the process.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals, faculty, mentors, family and friends to learn about majors and occupations. This will help you understand the realities of careers. Use the Alumni feature on LinkedIn to reach out to those in professions you’re interested in, and request a 20-minute coffee chat where you ask for advice.
- Explore ePACK, NC State’s online job posting system. See what opportunities are available that interest you. Keep your proﬁle current and upload a new resume each semester.
- Talk with professionals in the Career Development Center for coaching, advice and guidance. Make an appointment on ePACK or come to 2100 Pullen Hall during drop-in hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Take advantage of opportunities to develop skills (such as leadership) through activities on and off campus.
- Create or update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn proﬁle. Document all of your accomplishments. Reﬂect on how each experience has shaped you and your future goals.
Download the Career Guide
|Resumes||16 – 29|
|Cover letters||34 – 35|
|Thank you letters||36|
|List of references||38|
|Other documents||Various pages|
|Career fair preparation||45|
|Interviews||39 – 42|
|47 – 49|
Get Career Support
- 15-minute meeting — Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
After you’ve completed the five steps to starting your search, you’ll gain insight into strategies for starting your internship or job search, and resources for finding ideal employment opportunities.
Use high-impact search strategies
ePack: This online system allows you to schedule appointments with a career counselor, search and apply for internships and jobs, explore career options and schedule on-campus interviews with employers.
Career fairs: Practice your networking skills, make professional contacts and find job opportunities. We offer more than seven fairs each semester.
Future Plans Survey: Each year, the university collects information about our recent graduates. In this document, you’ll find lists of companies our graduates work for, titles of the jobs they’ve secured, salary data and more.
Browse general internship and job search websites
- CareerShift.com, accessible through ePACK: Search and save job listings from all job boards and company job postings. You can also find in-depth information about companies, including contact information.*
- Experience.com: Search for internships and entry-level jobs, and find resources for resumes, cover letters and interviewing. The site also offers a grad school guide.
- LookSharp.com: Search for internships and entry-level jobs by top companies, new companies, or location or industry. Industry and job seeker guides and a career blog are available.
- Internships.com: Browse the world’s largest internship marketplace, with 170,000+ internship positions available at more than 100,000 companies across all 50 states. In-person and virtual internships are available.
- GlassDoor.com: Read company reviews, get sample interview questions and review average salaries by company.
*Approved by the Career Development Center. (All other websites are not verified by the Career Development Center. They are optional resources you can review at your own risk.)
Browse additional internship and job search websites
- Idealist.org, for positions that help make the world a better place
- Dice.com, for technology positions
- Coolworks.com, for positions in unique locations across the U.S.
- USAJobs.gov, for positions with the federal government
- HealthCareJobsite.com, for healthcare positions
- TalentZoo.com, for positions in advertising, marketing, digital and social media, and public relations
- Krop.com, a creativity industry job board and portfolio-hosting website
- GlobalExperiences.com, for international internships
- GoinGlobal.com, for country-specific employment information and position opportunities around the world.*
*Approved by the Career Development Center. (All other websites are not verified by the CDC. They are optional resources you can review at your own risk.)
Review resources for our diverse student population
- African American
- American Indian/Native American
- Individuals with disabilities
Have a career resource that would be valuable to our diverse student population? Please email the Career Development Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendation.
Entry Level Marketing Cover Letter Sample
Are you interested in making marketing your career? When applying for your first position in marketing, make sure to include in your cover letter any previous experience that highlights your related skills and abilities, and builds upon your resume.
The following is a sample cover letter for an entry level marketing position. Use this example as a guide and makes adjustments based on your qualifications to fit the position you are applying to.
Tips for Writing a Marketing Cover Letter
- Include related experience: In the body of your letter, include any experiences that are related to the job you’re applying for. Even if you have never had a marketing job, include experiences where you demonstrated skills and abilities required for the job.
- Use specific examples: You want your cover letter to expand upon your resume. One way to make your cover letter stand out is to provide specific examples of times you demonstrated skills or qualities needed for the job. Examples prove that you have what it takes to do the job well.
- Use keywords: Look for keywords in the job description – words that emphasize the skills or qualities needed for the job. Include some of these keywords in your cover letter.
- Begin with a sample or template: A cover letter sample or template can help you decide what information to include, and how to format your cover letter. However, when you use a sample or template, be sure to change the information to fit the job you are applying for.
- Use business letter format: Use the official business letter format when writing your letter. You want this letter to be professional.
- Edit, edit, edit: Be sure to thoroughly proofread your cover letter. You want your letter to be polished and professional so that you make a strong first impression.
Cover Letter Example - Entry Level Marketing
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Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am very interested in the open marketing position with ABC Marketing Group. I believe that my education and employment experiences make me an ideal candidate for the position.
During my tenure at XYZ College, I developed a passion for marketing and public relations. I have sought out multiple opportunities to develop my marketing skills. For example, last summer, I interned at the National Sculpture Society in New York City. My position entailed developing web pages and slideshows publicizing the success of the society's artists. I was able to utilize my web authoring skills to assist the organization in their goal to promote sculpture.
As an assistant at XYZ College’s career services office, I am responsible for updating information on alumni, career advisors, and companies who publicize internships with our office. This involves heavy calling during my shifts at the office. In addition to calling, I also email clientele. This calls for me to employ interpersonal skills to communicate with clients effectively. Due to my strong communication skills, I have been given even more responsibilities. For example, I now publicize all career services events via multiple social media platforms.
I believe that my experiences in marketing and my interpersonal skills make me a prime candidate for this position. I am a diligent worker, and passionate about my work. I will be a valuable asset to your company and will use this as an opportunity to grow and further the development of my marketing skill set.
Thank you very much for considering my application for candidacy. I will follow up within a week to confirm that all of my materials were received and hopefully set up an interview time.
Your Signature (written letter)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:
Subject: Marketing Position - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information.