With summer approaching, thoughts of sleeping in, vacations and relaxation may be overridden by the pressure of scoring an impressive internship. Whether you want an internship for experience, need one for credit, or think you’ll never get a job post-grad without one, here are some basic steps to finding an internship.
1.) Use your university’s resources.
Your academic advisor is not only around to lift the registration hold on your account each semester. They have a plethora of knowledge to help you move forward in your academic future. Make an appointment and go talk to them about internship options. I promise they’ll have some ideas. UCA also has Career Services, which is designed to help students find employment. They will also help with resume and CV building. The office is located in Bernard 311 and is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
2.) Use Google like the gift it is.
Almost anything can be found online today, including your future career. Sites like Indeed, internships.com and looksharp.com post listings for open internships and jobs all over the country. You just have to pull up Google, type in your desired internship field into the search bar and do some digging. Just keep your eyes open.
3.) Apply, apply, apply.
You can’t get a job you haven’t applied for. If you find something that sparks some interest, apply for it. It’s better to have too many options to choose from than nothing. Keeping your mind open will also help. Humble yourself and apply for an internship that you think is unglamorous or you never thought you’d do. You’ve got to start somewhere. This will also help you practice being interviewed and show you what you can improve on your resume. Everything is a learning experience, might as well embrace it.
4.) Be prepared.
Go over your resume, get it edited by another set of eyes, practice responses to standard interview questions and even do mock interviews to shake any nerves. You want to be comfortable during interviews so you can focus on communicating with the interviewer rather than being stressed or scared. Practicing will help keep you prepared and ready to tackle what’s thrown at you.
5.) Talk to other students and friends who have gotten internships.
Ask them about their experiences and try to get some pointers. Where they found their internship, how the interviews went, if they enjoyed their time working, what they gained from it, etc. Talking to those who have been where you are trying to go not only helps prepare you but it can also give you leg-up with references and expectations.
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