How to Find an Internship

internship text on virtual screen. business, education and internet concept for how to find internshipsIf you are looking to expand your knowledge on an industry, one of the best ways to do it is by taking an internship. You can find internship opportunities at various companies and gain professional experience. This will also allow you to assess the types of industries you are interested in. Exploring your professional options through internships can help with finding what it is that you are passionate about, and uncover your professional strengths.

How to Find an Internship

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Use your school’s resources. The first place to check for internship opportunities is your college’s career center. Often, colleges (and even high schools) will have a website dedicated to lists of internships that they know about. These internships cater to a variety of career fields, from business engineering to physical training. Based on what you are studying in school, there is an internship opportunity available to everyone. Take advantage of utilizing this valuable resource on campus, because it may have hidden insight into what is available to you and your peers.

Network with Everyone

technology, internet and networking concept for free online collaboration tools for students - man and woman working with virtual screenAnother proactive thing you can do is to network with everyone you know, and, even those you do not know. From family friends to professional mentors and acquaintances, one way of finding an internship is by talking to the people around you about who they know and what is available out there. Reach out to your professors, too. They may have great contacts for you and suggestions as to what to look for in an internship. Go through as many people as you can and make as many connections as possible. Networking is a great way to learn about first-hand experiences and knowledge about how to find great internship opportunities.

Apply, Apply, Apply!

apple-business-clickYour resume is the very first thing you are going to need when applying for an internship. This piece of paper provides the employer with information that they need in order to know more about you. It is very important to get this resume out to as many people as you can.

Start the Application Process NOW

Many companies with structured internship programs start the application process in the Fall. It is important to keep in mind that getting a head start and applying as early as possible can mean having a better chance at landing the internship of your dreams.

 

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