Summer internships are an important part of the college experience. Finding one that is paid is nice, but it isn’t always possible. However, even though some of the best summer internships don’t come with a paycheck, they might just end up leading you to one in the future.
How do you Find a Summer Internship?
So how do you find summer internships? For starters, you need to figure out what kind of internship you are looking for. College summer internships are a great way to learn about your field of interest and network with like-minded people. Are you looking for a career in business one day? Journalism? Health care? If you go to school or live in a remote area, you may have to consider commuting or moving temporarily to a larger city to get the sort of experience you want.
Talk to Advisors, Professors and Other Mentors
After you determine where you want and need to be located, you should speak with an internship advisor at your school. Many businesses will go directly to colleges and universities to post internships or jobs they have available and so an internship advisor can help you find various positions to apply for; many times before the positions are posted online or in the paper. The advisor will also be able to review your resume and cover letter (or point you in the right direction to the career center) to help you make sure everything looks good and professional prior to applying.
Preparing For Your Interviews
Once you have applied for several different internships, you should start practicing and preparing for the interview. This means researching the companies you have applied to and learning all you can about who they are and what they do. You should also come up with questions that you want to ask them such as: what characteristics are you looking for in an intern, have any interns gone on to work for the company upon graduation, and more. You will also want to find out what the next steps are as far as the selection process goes and when you can expect to hear from them – that is if they don’t award you the internship on the spot!
Use Your Summer Internship to Your Advantage and Have Fun!
College summer internships are a great way to gain experience and become more knowledgeable about the career you hope to have one day. Start applying for them early, prepare yourself for the interview process and you will surely find a great summer internship to add to your resume. And who knows, if you do a good job you might even find yourself a permanent place of work upon graduation.