Scoring a summer internship the summers between you junior and senior years of college can determine what kind of job you will get (or if you will even get a job) fresh after graduation.
Internships are SUPER important for your resume, your future employment opportunities, and for yourself. They may not be the most exciting thing in the world. You may have to do a lot of annoying work but they are worthwhile and will give you experience that you would never receive in the classroom. Here are some reasons you should apply for an internship this summer:
1. You can graduate with a 4.0 and a list of extracurriculars but an employer is more inclined to hire another candidate with a lower GPA but more relevant work experience. Have you seen that tweet floating around that says, "We are looking for a 22- year- old graduate with 20 years experience." Sounds silly but it is kind of true. The more experience you have by the time you graduate, the more recruiters will be after you.
2. An internship can be an entry way into a job after graduation. It's not a for sure thing but a lot of times, if you prove yourself, the company will hire you on after graduation because they know what a dedicated employee you are.
3. It's a great way to network. In your internship, no matter how big or small the company is, you never know who you will meet or what opportunities they can help you with in the future. The people you work with while interning may cross paths with you again. If you leave a good impression, these people can help you land new jobs, get a promotion or introduce you to someone who could change your life. The people you meet while interning can also become some of the best mentors you will ever have. These people are in the field and are willing to help you succeed; USE THEM!
4. It's a great way to "test drive" the career you are going into. But seriously. What better way to know that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life than trying it out while you still have time to change your mind. I interned at an advertising agency last summer and I learned more in my 4 months there than I feel like I did in my 2 years of higher education. Interning also sparked my interest for graphic design and helped me apply what I had learned in school.
5. Finally, you can learn new things about the field and about yourself. Every. single. day. you will be learning something new. It may be how to physically do something or just a new perspective. Interning, I think, is the best way to learn about the field you are about to go into.
Okay, sign me up!! How do I get an internship with the trendiest tech- start- up company?!
Now here's the hard part: Landing the interview.
First and foremost, work your resources you already have. By talking to your professors, your family friends, or even a person waiting in line at the grocery store you can create new connections that will help you find the in into a company.
You can also look on your school's website, on other job search engines, or simply email the company your elevator pitch, a copy of your resume, and ask if they are hiring summer interns.
Look on LinkedIn at people who went to your high school, were in your sorority, who you have any sort of connection with and ask them about their career and then eventually if they have any leads. Employers also post job/ internship opportunities on Linkedin so keep your eyes open.
Just remember to not give up!! There are internships out there ready for you to grab by the reins and take control of.
Have you ever had a summer internship? What advice do you have for those looking for one? Let's chat in the comments.