Frequently Asked Questions for New and Prospective Students

  • What services does the ICC offer for newly admitted students?
  • The Internship and Career Center (ICC) supports students with their professional and career preparation and development. Our mission is to help students achieve their career goals and improve their career readiness. We offer new students Drop-in advising hours with our peer advisors. Due to current health concerns of COVID-19, ICC Drop-in Office hours are offered virtually through Zoom. During advising appointments, you can ask our peer advisors basic questions pertaining to finding jobs and internships, resume and cover letter writing help, interview practice, and many other career related question you need answered.

    The ICC also hosts Internship and Career Fairs every quarter. The career fairs bring hundreds of employers to our campus who are looking to hire UC Davis students! Held in the ARC Pavilion, students and alumni have a chance to network with recruiters at their employer tables. Employers such as Facebook, PepsiCo, Chevron, and many more have attended our fairs and are ready to hire UC Davis Aggies. You can check Handshake to see which employers will attend our career fairs before attending.

    The ICC hosts career-related workshops in South Hall, with topics ranging from resume basics, interview skills, networking, and how to find jobs and internships.
  • How do I find a job or an internship?
  • One of the easiest ways to find a job or an internship is through Handshake. Handshake is an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers and search and apply for internships and jobs. On average, over 100 internships and jobs, both on and off campus, are posted every day. Once you have access to Handshake, you can create your profile and begin applying to jobs. For on campus jobs you can use the filters on Handshake to narrow your search to "on-campus" only.

    You can also find on campus jobs through ASUCD. ASUCD is one of the largest student employers on the UC Davis campus and employs over 1000 students in various roles including working for Unitrans, Coffee House, Cal Aggie Newspaper and more.

    In addition, you can connect with your professors and TAs during office hours and ask them about on-campus jobs. Many professors and TAs are involved in research and through connecting with them, you may find research and lab opportunities that interest you.

    Network! Expand your professional network by utilizing LinkedIn and Handshake to connect with professionals in your field of interest in order to find job and internship opportunities.
  • When can I access Handshake and the ICC services?
  • You can access Handshake and limited ICC services the first Friday after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). For example, if you submit your SIR on a Monday, you will gain access to Handshake by Friday of the same week. Keep in mind that you will not be eligible for some on campus jobs and internships that are only available for students enrolled at UC Davis.
  • How do I make an appointment at the ICC?
  • Currently, with the health concerns of COVID-19, ICC advising appointments are offered virtually, either over the phone or through video. To make an appointment with one of our advisors, go to Handshake, click on "Career Center" and press "Appointments." You will be prompted to answer a few questions to ensure that you are scheduled with an advisor that best fits your needs. However, your first interaction at the ICC should be a Drop-in advising session with a peer advisor.
  • What types of internships are available to UC Davis students and/or what types of internships are available for students in my major?
  • UC Davis has a robust internship program. There are internship opportunities for every major and in almost every profession you can imagine. We have internships locally in Davis, throughout the country,  around the world, in every continent except Antarctica. There is something for everybody at UC Davis and ICC is available to help you explore options and find an internship that matches your professional interests and goals.

    One of our most notable internships programs is our Health Related Internship (HRI) program which provides students interested in health with the unique opportunity to intern at a hospital, clinic, pharmacy, dentist office, and other health related professions. HRI program spans many health-related fields including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nutrition, public health, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

    Additionally, the University of California offers multi-campus internship opportunities including the UC Washington Program that provides students the chance to study, research, intern, and live within Washington, D.C.

    The best advice we can give you to find an internship related to your major is to meet with an advisor at the ICC and let them know your career interests and goals. Your major advisor is another great resource to get information and learn of major specific opportunities.
  • What is the purpose of an internship?
  • An internship provides you with an opportunity to gain real-world experience and enables you to put everything you have learned into action. It helps to narrow down interests by trying out positions and allows you to maximize you academic success and preparation for the job market by pairing courses with work experience. When beginning your search for an internship it can be overwhelming, but remember that the university has extensive resources to help students for this journey.

    If you are looking for an internship, Handshake is a great resource, along with your major department's email lists, join ICC list-serves, meet with an ICC career advisor, and also meet with your major advisors. Peer advisors can be a great resource as well, they usually have upper division standing in your major, so asking them what internships they have done can help to give you some ideas. It may sound like a lot to cover, but utilizing these resources are key to successfully finding and securing internships.

    Keep in mind that when searching for opportunities most internship programs know that you may have limited experience. Their purpose is to help develop your skills to become qualified for future positions. In most cases, internships are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and interested applicants who they feel confident investing resources into. Just be mindful that the first step to getting an internship is applying.
  • When should I get an internship?
  • On average, it typically takes three months to secure an internship from the time you begin applying. As a first year student, it is encouraged that you complete your first internship in your third year at UC Davis, whereas transfer students are encouraged to complete their first internship in their second, third, or summer quarter at UC Davis. However, these are strictly recommendations. It is important to remember that all students have different paths.

    Keep in mind that not all majors require you to complete an internship while at UC Davis. To make sure that your academic path is proper for you, it is important for every student to keep in contact with their major and college advisors to ensure that you are staying on track to graduate.
  • How do I get academic credit for my internship?
  • If you intend to receive academic credit for your internship, you will have to consult your major advisor. In order to receive units for your internship hours they must fulfill requirements set by your major department. However, there is another option if you cannot get academic credit. The ICC offers Transcript Notation (TN) for students who meet certain criteria. Transcript notation is having your approved internship recorded on your official academic transcript. To receive TN you must intern at least 40 hours in a given quarter, be supervised and evaluated by a professional, and complete a proposal, final report, and evaluation by requesting an Experience in Handshake. For more information about TN visit the ICC website.
  • Can I do an internship abroad?
  • Yes! Internship opportunities abroad are a great way to increase marketability to employers in a growing global economy and gain real-world understanding of diversity and cultural competency. Meet with an ICC advisor to help guide you through the planning process. Join the International ICC email subscription to stay up to date with the international opportunities available. Additionally, the Study Abroad Program through the Global Learning Hub offers many exciting Internship Abroad Programs.
  • Can I get an internship before I start my attendance at UC Davis?
  • Yes, you are able to complete an internship before you enroll at UC Davis, but keep in mind you will not be eligible for many internship opportunities posted on Handshake that require you to be enrolled at UC Davis. You may be able to find an internship on your own and you can access many great resources on the ICC website to help you prepare, learn to network, and identify opportunities.
  • How do I get involved with research?
  • UC Davis offers a variety of research opportunities and we recommend students to check out Handshake as well as visit the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) to look for those opportunities.

    It is important to develop professional relationships with professors/researchers in order to land that research position and to build your network. By connecting with your professors or TAs who are involved in research, you can learn more about what research opportunities are available and how you can be a part of them.

    There are other programs available to students interested in research including Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters and Science (MURALS), McNair Scholars Program, and more.
  • What can I do with my major?
  • The possibilities are practically endless. It is a common misconception that you must go into the field of your major. However, if you are looking for ideas that are related to your major, the ICC recommends making use of This website provides extensive lists of potential field concentrations, employers, and strategies for application.

    The ICC itself is a great resource for this. Making an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake will allow you to speak one-on-one with an experienced career advisor that specializes in your career field.
  • What can I do for career readiness in my first quarter at UC Davis?
  • There are a ton of things you can do to get a jump-start on your career readiness such as:
    • Get in contact with your college advisors to make sure you have proper understanding and plan for graduation
    • Get in contact with your major advisors or the advisors for majors you are interested so that you can have an idea of what you want to do and how to accomplish it
    • Stop by the ICC during drop in hours (M-F 10-4 pm) to begin your career planning or learn about all the wonderful resources offered. Keep in mind that Drop-in Advising is currently being done virtually in response to COVID-19
    • Attend/watch ICC workshops to make sure that you are prepared to create vital application documents including your resume and cover letters.
    • Make sure that you are forming positive life habits, practicing good time management, and keeping up self-care
  • What can I do to make sure that I am marketable when I graduate?
  • While this does depend on the field you are going into, there are some general tips recommended for all students. Much of what you do during your time at University helps to build a marketable resume, so being actively involved on campus now, is very useful after graduation. The general recommendation is to attend class, join clubs, volunteer, and possibly get a part-time job. The skills that make you marketable are things like analytical skills, organizational skills, time-management skills, leadership skills, communication skills, and things of the like. These are all attainable and expressible through campus involvement! For more career specific ideas, make an appointment with a career advisor on Handshake.