Five Steps to Summer Internship Search Success
You have spent all year studying hard in the classroom, and now that summer is near, you’ll finally get the chance to apply those skills in the real world! One way to do this is through an internship. Taking an internship can also be a great opportunity to learn more about American office culture!
What’s an internship? Being an intern means you help out at a company, either during the semester or over the summer. It’s not the same as a job (and often doesn’t pay you money), but you do get work experience and sometimes college credit.
So how can you find one of these valuable internships? Start with these five tips to finding an internship and help boost your resume for work after college.
1. Talk with your professors
Maybe your professor knows of a lab assistant opening or has a friend who needs a marketing intern. Even if your professors don’t know of any opportunities right now, they can introduce you to other people who might. It’s like asking your friend to tell that cute person you like them – except, you know, in a professional kind of way.
- Before you talk with your professors, think about what kind of opportunity you’re looking for. Make it as easy as possible for your professors to help you do what you want to do.
- Afterwards, send an email thanking your professors for speaking with you. In addition to showing appreciation, include a reminder of what kind of internship you’re trying to find.
2. Utilize the Career Center’s services
The Career Center office can help you locate internships, jobs, volunteering opportunities, and more. They’ve assisted many students before, so don’t be shy – they want to help, and the various organizations they know also want a great intern (hint: that’s you).
- Look on the Career Center website before your visit. It will give you an idea of who you need to speak with, what internships are available, and more.
- If you’re not sure what kind of internship you want, ask for examples of internships students like you have gotten in the past.
3. Search online
What can’t the internet do? You can video chat with friends back home, buy cheap textbooks online and watch fun movies instead of reading those recently purchased textbooks. You can also use specific websites to find available internships and apply for them.
- Start with popular internship websites like Internships.com, InternMatch.com, Experience.com, and Indeed.com.
- Check the Careers or Jobs page of companies near you that you may want to work for. You can also call or email them to ask if they have any internship openings not listed on the website.
If you are a KU student, check out KU career center for openings now!
4. Network to get work
Actively reaching out to people you don’t know might seem strange to you. But like freedom and greasy breakfasts, networking is an American way of life. Knowing the right person is often just as valuable as being the right fit for the job, so networking is a popular way of finding jobs and internships in the USA.
- Attend networking events, career fairs, and club meetings on campus and around town so you can meet more people involved in things that interest you.
- It also helps to talk with your parents, relatives, and people back home. They might know someone with an internship opportunity in the U.S. or somewhere back home (especially helpful if you plan to go home for the summer).
5. Create a LinkedIn profile
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, make creating one a priority (you can finish watching that fun movie later). LinkedIn is like a work version of Facebook – a social network for, well, networking. The site is perfect for including your resume or CV, staying in touch with past coworkers, getting endorsed for skills, and highlighting recent accomplishments.
- Employers often Google potential interns and hires before offering them a position. Having a LinkedIn profile with your accomplishments and skills that show up in their search can help you stand out.
- Keep a professional profile and don’t post anything crude or personal. Your goal is to impress someone who might hire you, not show how fun you can be.
Ready to start your internship hunt?