Looking for an Internships?
So you're ready to be an intern? Becoming an intern is a big responsibility, but an important step in any career path so be sure to prepare well every step of the way, from searching and applying for internships, to fulfilling your responsibilities as an intern. Below are a few tips on how to find a good internship, what to expect from the internship, and some tips for success.
How to search for an internship
1)Start with your school website: If you are already a student, your school can be the best source for up-to-date internship information and a strong advocate for your success. Go to your school's website and type the word internship into the search bar. You should be directed to some type of Career Center and with some luck you'll find the internship listings. You can also go into your school's Career Center office and speak with someone who can help you in your search.
2)Internet Search: If you are not a student or have exhausted your school as a resource, begin looking on the internet for internships. A simple search in any search engine should pull up hundreds of internship websites which can allow you to further fine-tune your search to get just what you are looking for. You might also consider searching on popular job databases, but selecting internship as your search option or typing intern into the search bar.
3)Target Specific Companies: If you already know what you want or aren't having luck searching for an internship, target specific companies in the field you are interested. After finding their names you can go to their websites, typically under the employment page, to see if they have an intern programs. If all else fails, send an email to the company and express your interest in being an intern for them. They might not have an intern program, but when they find at you want to work with them they might create a program just for you.
4)Use Your Network: Finally you can also use the people you know to keep an eye out for internship opportunities. Professors and other students in your major might know about un-posted internships and they might even have the information you need to get your foot in the door.
How to choose and apply for an internship
Choose an internship that will be a stepping-stone leading you down your career path. For some people this might be working for the actual company you would like to be employed by one day, for others it might be a company that will help you to focus on a specific skill that you need to improve. Be sure to choose an internship that will work with your student schedule, provide credit if you need it, and provide training so that you can use it to move to the next step in your career.
After you've decided which internships to apply for, prepare to put your best effort into your application and interview. Your application including a cover letter, resume, and any additional information should show your best qualities and convince the employer why you will be the best candidate. When you get the interview, your interview is the final step in convincing them to choose you. Practice for your interview, watch videos with practice questions, or ask a friend to help you so that when interview time comes you are ready to show them that you are the best choice for their company.
What is an internship like?
The duration of an internship depends on the individual company. You can expect most internships to last anywhere from one term (three months) to a full year. Some internships are paid and others are not, depending on the company, and the role that you will play for them. Typically, if you are in a position that requires more qualifications, skills, and greater responsibility, you might be paid and the pay rate will increase with skill that is required. Often times school credit is offered in place of pay or in addition to pay, so if your school requires you to complete an internship, be sure to ask prospective companies about their credit opportunities.
The duties and expectations of any internship differ from company to company just like no job is the same as another. Some internships will be focused on teaching you the skills to complete the job while others might be just the foundation skills to enter into the field. In any case, it is important to be aware of what is expected of you before accepting and completing your internship.
Tips for succeeding:
-Best majors for landing an internship:
Graphic and Media Design, Media and Entertainment, Finance, Journalism and English, Accounting, Engineering, Communications, Business Management, Computer Science and IT, Marketing
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