Finding an internship can be a pretty difficult and time consuming process. It is essential to set yourself up in advance, so when the time comes to look for an internship your ready to go! Remember, you are competing for a position amongst a sea of thousand other potential applicants, so you have to make yourself stand out! Success while still in college depends on a few crucial components.
-Your academic performance (when teacher&s love you, they will recommend you for jobs!)
-A revised and edited resume
-Extracurricular activities (where you can show off your leadership skills and work habits)
-Having a LinkedIn account (over 60 million users have profiles and connect with other professionals and its the best way to present yourself professionally on the web!)
Of all these, the resume is perhaps the most crucial aspect of getting an internship. It is essentialy YOU on paper and it is the document that gets you the interview. Here at UMass Amherst, we tend to use a "functional resume" when applyiing for internships. As college students we obviously do not have as much experience as someone who has been working in the field for years, so it&s a great alternative to highlighting skills that an employer may be looking for. Example of a functional resume:
123 Wall Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst Degree expected May 2013
B.A.,Journalism, Sociology minor
Technical: Html proficent, Wordpress, Photoshop, Excel (etc.)
Interpersonal:fluent Spanish, reliable, resillant (etc.)
Editorial: Strong Writer, analyzed (Etc.)
Experience: Etc, Etc.
Remember, it&s never too early to get started looking at internships and composing a resume. Good Luck!