You’d be surprised how quickly April transitions into May and May turns into…a summer internship!
A lot of students needlessly freak out when they haven’t secured a summer internship months in advance, but it’s really nothing that should have you bolt upright screaming in your sleep. That’s what exams are for.
Where to Find an Internship
So you have your curriculum vitae and cover letter in hand and are totally ready to have those do the rounds.
Where, though, do you send those things to land the internship of your dreams? How do you ever determine what the internship of your dreams is?
As you’ll see as we run through our list, the answers to those questions boils down to doing your research, networking efficiently and knowing what you really want out of a summer internship experience. To start:
Since its inception over a decade ago, LinkedIn has grown into the largest professionally geared social networking site around.
This means that LinkedIn is a great resource to draw upon in order to do more research into the fields and internships that most spark your interest while also shoring up a few potential letters of recommendation.
To get the most out of your profile – oh, by the way, spend some time creating a profile that reflects your experiences, educational background, previous internships (not essential…but helpful), and career goals – make sure that it’s seen by all of your professional contacts.
On your end, you can use that growing list of contacts to reach out to professionals working within the industry in general or your dream internship in particular. When using LinkedIn to search for internships, you can use the jobs tab up top and type in the specific type of internship that you’re looking for. Be ready to send over your resume!
National Internship Search Engines
Your career counseling office likely maintains a nationwide database of internship opportunities, some of which may be offered specifically to students at your college. Start by searching this database.
Big sites like internships.com can also be useful resources for you to tap into when you’re beginning your search for a summer internship. Internships.com has been around since 2010 and what’s really useful about this site is that it aggregates over 100,000 internship positions and streamlines your ability to network with professionals in the field.
Internships.com actually has an extremely useful networking feature that lets you see which of your Facebook contacts are in the industry or working for the particular company that’s trawling for eligible interns.
If you are looking for an internship in Rhode Island, then bridge.jobs is a great place to start your search. On the bridge.jobs’ site it’s just as easy to search for internships in your field – you just type in the internship experience that you’re interested in (e.g., communications internship) and go from there. It’s really that easy and it works for current undergraduate students as well as college grads looking for additional work experience…and maybe a stipend on the side.
Your favorite professors can actually be a huge wellspring of contacts – within and outside the university setting and in everything from publishing to career specialists. Consider scheduling an appointment with a favorite professor, sending a thank-you email, and popping off that CV!
When you find that perfect internship you feel it in your heart. It’s the chance that you’ve been waiting for to turn your passion into making a real-world impact, and perhaps a career stepping stone to boot.
Summer internships especially are an opportunity for you to take the training wheels off and see how your college major links up with what goes on in the workplace. This can be exciting, challenging, interesting and frustrating…sometimes all at once. You can rest assured that it’ll be a learning experience that lets you know you’re cut out for the field and capable of networking with practicing professionals.