Internships Present Opportunity
Finding an internship can seem daunting and unimportant. After all, you are just trying to meet the requirements for graduation, right? Wrong. Incredibly wrong.
Internship experiences prove to be crucial to job seekers after graduation. For seekers who don't have any work experience in their new field, a solid internship experience bridges the gap of not having practical work experience. An added benefit of a solid internship is the networking opportunities. If you are careful to select a meaningful internship that is relative to your career goal, you will be surrounded by people who are already doing what you want to do. You will get to know these people, including the decision makers. You never know when someone at your site is on the board of directors at another agency/company and can influence those decision makers. That's how networking works.
When it comes to finding your internship, choose carefully, dress for success and display superior work ethics through the entire experience. It will matter after graduation.
Pursue getting an internship like you would getting a job!
Prepare your resume.
Tailoring your resume toward your specific goal of finding an internship experience is critical. Many people think that submitting resumes for internship seeking purposes is unnecessary. This is simply not true. Good internship sites are popular and the employers have to be selective. To be competitive and to represent superior quality, you must have your resume ready to give to potential internship sites.
Go to your academic department's listing of internship sites.
Most academic departments keep a list of places where their students have interned. Find out where students before you have chosen to intern. If an agency/company has had a Mercer intern before, chances are that they will welcome another one.
Article: Which Internship Is Best For You?
Web Site: About.com's internship guide
Article: Volunteer For Your Career
Article: What To Do When The Internship Ends
- Assess what you learned about the organization/industry.
- What did you learn about yourself?
- Update your resume.
- Request letters of recommendation.
- Send thank you letters.
- Keep investing in your career through other volunteer opportunities.
- Build on the internship experience.