Internships provide on-the-job training and work experience for students or professionals who are looking to enter a new field of work. I have personally found that internships can be a win-win situation for both the intern and the employer. Read some of my tips below to learn how you can land your “dream internship”:
Do your homework. Make a list of companies you would like to target in your internship search and visit their websites. Some companies and organizations have internship offerings listed on their website. If this is not the case, e-mail a manager or someone in the human resource department inquiring about internship possibilities. Provide an outline of your professional or academic experience and explain your interest and how you feel your attributes could benefit the organization as an intern. Don’t forget to attach your resumé.
Before an interview, do a thorough search about any information related to the company or organization. Be knowledgeable about the type of work you would be doing and the company’s product before the interview process.
Use available resources. There are many resources available to potential interns, including the Career Service Department, student advisors, and job search websites. The career centers can provide additional resources and suggestions about pursuing an internship. Visit with a career counselor or advisor about your goals and ask for their guidance and suggestions. You can also contact the local Chamber of Commerce to see if they have information for local businesses that may need additional help.
Network. Join professional organizations or groups that will help you develop a network of like-minded students and professionals. Many of them either have worked as an intern or hired interns themselves. Ask around and see if any organizations represented in your network are in need of an intern.
Attend career fairs. Be sure to bring plenty of copies of your resumé and talk to as many employers as possible.
Search online listings. Search your university’s website as well as sites that cater to internship searches. These sites provide listings and details of internship availabilities. Some of these resources include:
With a little hard work and preparation, you can find an internship that will help guide you to the career of your dreams.
Best of luck,