Finding an internship as a college student is probably one of the most stressful situations you will ever go through. It is recommended that most students at least start looking for available internships in their major around the beginning of their junior year. Many students find this difficult because while the application process itself may seem intimidating, trying to narrow down your interests to one single industry may be the hardest part! Most people don’t know where they’ll be tomorrow, let alone what they’ll want to do after college. To aid you in your journey of finding your place in the internship pool, here are 3 tips to think about:
1. List the top 3 industries you’re interested in.While everyone has a specific major, keep in mind that there are different sub sets and industries within each one. For example, those who study Public Relations find that it is not centered around one specific trade. There are various subsets like entertainment, sports, corporate, agency etc.
2. Seek help.
Start expanding your network! There are a plethora websites and even centers on campus that regularly post and seek to aid you in your job search. Finding jobs on your own is hard enough as it is. Sometimes all it takes to motivate you is a positive search result or words of encouragement from an advisor.
3. Start applying!
Once you’ve utilized your resources effectively and have narrowed down your choices, don’t be afraid to jump in and start applying! You’re not going to get anywhere by idly looking at your computer screen. It’s important to establish a connection right off the bat. Update your resume and either email it over or, better yet, drop it off personally. You want to make sure that you, as an applicant, leave a lasting impression.