TIPS FOR FINDING AN INTERNSHIP
Finding an internship may seem like an overwhelming task at times. It requires research and planning, but the results are worth it. Here are a few strategies you can use to help the process.
1. Begin Looking Early
Certain industries and internships have early deadlines and recruit and hire as early as November. Beginning your internship search early in the semester gives you additional time to look and perhaps make some valuable connections with alumni or professionals within organizations of interest. You can check with TU’s Career Center to find out which companies recruit early.
2. Identify Career Interests
It is important for you to know what you want to do. Do you want to work with children or are you more interested in investment banking? Are you interested in social activism and making a difference in the world? Maybe you would like to work in an art museum or at a major advertising agency. Internships can give you exposure to opportunities such as these and a chance to "test the waters" of new and exciting career fields.
Talk to family, friends, faculty, college advisors and career counselors in the Career Center about what type of internship you want and when and where you want to do it. Contacting alumni and doing informational interviews can provide you with valuable information. Be sure to send a thank you note expressing your appreciation to them for sharing their time and expertise.
4. Check out Online Resources
Internships.com is also a good place to begin your search. You can also check out organizations online as well as the classified ads in your local newspaper.
5. Attend Career Fairs
Top employers attend career fairs to recruit, screen, and hire talented interns and employees. Be prepared to give a 60-second introduction that describes your skills, interests, experience and motivation.. Be sure to follow up with any recruiters you speak with at the fair.
6. Contact Employers
Call or visit employers in your geographic and/or career areas of interest and inquire about internship opportunities. Be prepared to give a 60-second promo regarding your skills, strengths and motivation for working for them.
Use these tips and you will find that internship you have been searching for in no time!