Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The time is now!
If this is your first time finding a summer internship, you are in for a bit of a challenge. While there are many positions available, you must sort through the ones that meet your needs of location, duration, work experience and pay…if any. The key is to get organized, solidify your needs, and start your search early and using the best available resources.
Internet Job boards. First try the jobs board at 4blackyouth.com where there are hundreds of entry-level jobs and internships. Also try Monster.com, careerbuilder.com and others.
Career Services. Make an appointment with the career services office at your school. The staff should routinely get internship information and should be able to steer you in the right direction.
Career Fairs. Yes career fairs are cattle calls, but if you show up dress professionally with resumes in hand you can often get an interview right on the spot, so be prepared.
School Department Heads. If you want an internship related to a your major, check with faculty at the major's department office. They also receive internship information from the industry on a regular basis.
Social Media Sites. Of all of the social media sites try linkedin.com is probably the best for scoring employment, but don’t hesitate to do searches of Facebook and Twitter for employers.
Networking. Put the word out. Make sure everyone you know, knows that you are looking for an internship and ask them if they know people in your field. We are all a few degrees of separation from people in any field.
Learn about the internship experience so you have a better understanding of what you are getting into. The above-mentioned sources should get you on the right track to find an internship for the summer. Once you have found several internship possibilities and applied to them, you need to get ready for the interviewing process.