This blog post is written by Lauren, our campus ambassador from Montclair State University.
Being a college student can be very stressful. There is so much going on with tests, homework, and activities. On top of all that, finding your dream internship is not always easy. That is why it’s so important to stay on top of not only your school work but, internship searching as well. I’m currently in my senior year of college and I’ve been extremely busy this semester. However, I’ve known for a while that I wanted an internship in NYC for the spring semester so I have been looking for one since the end of August. Here are just a few tips about how you can stay ahead of the game and why it’s so important:
- Start Early! It’s really never too early to start looking for internships or at least to get an idea of what’s out there. When I first started looking for internships in August, I didn’t find a lot of them posted yet. However, I just kept looking and eventually did find some for the spring semester. If you find the free time in your day, take advantage of it. It can be a lot of hard work to find and secure that dream internship but it can happen.
- Set aside time each day for internship searching. Even if you can only devote a short amount of time some days, make sure you do it. One of the first things I do after checking my mail each morning is check the Intern Queen site and other job listings to see if there is anything new. Applying for an internship the day it’s posted could give you that extra edge over someone who waited to apply.
- Make sure your resume is up-to-date and ready to be sent. When you’re looking at these internships to apply for, you need to have your resume ready in case you find one you want to apply to. Many schools offer resume workshops or have a career center that can help you develop a professional resume. Take advantage of these services while you can! One small change on your resume could make the difference between getting the internship or not.
- Be persistent and send a lot of emails! Even if the place you want to intern at doesn’t list an internship for a certain semester, email them anyways. I’ve been applying to so many places recently with little luck but, just secured two interviews in one week! You may not hear back from some places which is why it’s good to just keep sending your resumes out! You will find one eventually so the sooner you start, the better!
If you stay on top of your internship search and really be persistent about it, you will definitely find an internship that fits what you’re looking for. It’s not an overnight process. It will take a lot of time! The work you put into finding that internship will pay off when you find your dream internship! Good luck in your searches!