Over the course of the next four months, I need to help you find a summer internship. This won’t be an easy job as a LOT of you are currently looking, but I can’t stay away from a great challenge! At the beginning of each month, I’ll post a blog explaining what your “homework” is for that month. What follows is for the month of January, meaning that by the last day of the month you should be completely finished. Ready?
January is Research Month!
During the month of January your job is to research as many opportunities as possible and start to organize your Intern Queen Dream List. If you aren’t familiar with this list, grab a copy of my first book ALL WORK, NO PAY. Your research phase should consist of the following activities:
- Visit your career center. Tell them what you want to do and where you’d like to intern over the summer. Don’t say Australia if you can’t find a way to get yourself to Australia – we’re on a time crunch and we want to think practically! Try to get a list from them of opportunities they think you should apply to. Ask them if they might be able to help you put your resume and application materials together. It’s important that you take the time to touch base in-person with your career center. They have access to so many resources that will help you over the next few months.
- Search InternQueen.com and other internship sites. Start searching for opportunities that appeal to you on InternQueen.com. Don’t browse through without reading the descriptions. The company name might not be familiar to you but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great fit. Keep your mind and options open – and don’t forget to bookmark the ones that interest you!
- Shoot for the stars. Don’t just apply to the internships that you see listed online. Make sure that you are applying for companies that YOU want to intern for. Go directly to a company’s website to find contact information and information on how to intern with them.
- Create Your Interrn Queen Dream List. If you aren't familiar with this term, you really should check out ALL WORK, NO PAY. I have example dream lists inside the book, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, The Intern Queen Dream List is the document I created (on a napkin) in college to help organize my internship search and application process. I'll do a whole blog on the Intern Queen Dream List next week, but for now just know this - the columns you need for your list are as follows: Company Name, Company Website, Contact Name & Email, Materials Required, Deadline, Date Application Sent, Follow Up Date. Use Excel or Google Docs and put together an Intern Queen Dream List of your own!
- Highlight. Print our your list and highlight all of the buzzwords and qualifications they are looking for. This process will help you when creating your application materials.
- Sort the listings. If companies are looking for the same basic skills, put them in a pile together. You’ll want to make these resumes and cover letters very similar to one another.