What are the best ways to land an internship?

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What are the best ways to land an internship?

Sheila Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Never underestimate the power of networking. If you’re really looking for a solid internship, your ears should always be open. Talk to professors, fellow students, and even your mom’s friend who you’ve always found to be annoying but works at that company you love. They can all be invaluable resources. Who knows? Someone you know may know a guy who knows a guy who can get you the internship you’re eying. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help and sometimes that’s the best way to get ahead. Swallow your pride and ask for help wherever you can find it and whenever you need it.

Mark Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Once you’ve found a few viable opportunities, it’s time to apply. Your resume should already be juiced from meeting with your school’s career counselor. But, if you want, you can customize your resume and the corresponding cover letter to address individual internships. Make sure to do some background research on the company you’re interviewing with so you’ll have some intelligent questions to ask during the interview. In fact, asking questions in an interview for a paid position is practically required. You should be prepared to ask about the company, what your potential responsibilities may be, and future projects (if you’re feeling ambitious). Asking questions shows that you did your homework and that you have a genuine interest in working with that employer.

Ronald Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Getting a paid internship isn’t all about luck, although some luck is definitely involved. Like most endeavors in life, it’s about preparation and work. Paid internships can sometimes be few and far between, but the best plan of attack is to prepare as much as possible. There are a lot of students out there looking for the same position you are and you have to stand out. Sometimes this means dressing up when it’s not required, showing up to work even when you’re feeling sick, and yes, asking for more work. Whatever you need to do, do it. It may sometimes seem like a hassle, but when you’re raking in cash while your friends are getting nothing but a few credits, it’ll be well worth it.

Richard Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

The most important piece of advice for students is to stay informed and come up with a plan of attack. If you’re serious about finding an internship, you have to be resourceful, MacGyver-style. The first and most obvious place to check is your school’s career center. The career center’s website should be the cornerstone of your internship search. Career centers usually have a plethora of internship and job postings. Set up a meeting with a career counselor who will help you evaluate your past experience, resume, work skills, and (of course) career possibilities. This will help you formulate a general plan to run with.

Sharon Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Finding the right internship is all about the timing. Generally, applicants should start thinking about summer internships at the beginning of the winter term. Tightening up the resume should be the first priority, as it is the face of your application. If you’re looking to bolster your resume by adding references, make sure you have those on the ready around the same time. Depending on the position, applications should be going out by March. This should give you enough time to weigh your options and plan the rest of the logistics (living situation, transportation, etc.), should you get the gig. The worst mistake you can make is to go into this process blindly. You’ll be quite disappointed with the results if you do. All the legwork you put in will most definitely pay off in the end.

David Smith

What are the best ways to land an internship?

If straying from the beaten trail is your thing, why not look in the more unlikely places for an internship? Writers to-be should look further than The New Yorker and Vogue, potential bankers can look past Goldman and Sachs, and so on. The point is that there are many, many, employers in every field. Just because everyone aims for the top five companies doesn’t mean you should only apply to the big-name companies. Smaller offices, while lacking the name-brand, sometimes makes up for that by granting its interns many more responsibilities, the kind that juice up resumes with remarkable results. 

William Chichester

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Go to your career center as soon as you get admitted and start finding out about opportunities for freshmen. The career center should be your 2nd home!

Tyler Burton
President Burton College Tours

Use on campus resources

The career center on campus is the first place to begin. It is important to learn how to use the career center. Establish a relationship with the counselors there and they will help guide you through an internship search, resume writing and interview coaching. You should also visit with your academic advisor and head of the department that you are majoring in. They may have inside information or direct contacts. You can merge both resources which will be valuable practice in the art of bringing together a networking platform. These skills will be practice for your post graduation job search.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

career placement center

each college has career placement center, some department has internship posting services. parents can also be the best resources for internship. students can seek complany website for internship opportunity.

Todd Weaver
Senior Advisor Strategies for College, Inc.

What are the best ways to land an internship?

Short answer: start researching internship options EARLY! In fact, as soon as you enroll, I recommend meeting not only your academic advisor, but also your career counselor. Get to know the career office and the people that work there. They are a resource that comes with your education - use it! I think too many students wait until Junior or Senior year to start working on internships and career searches... be ahead of the curve and start as a Freshman.