By: Kate Schroeder @kschroeds7
Internship searching. One of the most dreaded college experiences, yet the most rewarding one. There are so many questions to ask and so many options to consider. What city do you want to work in? Will you take an unpaid internship? Do you want to intern for a semester or over the summer? Finding the perfect internship to enhance your career experience doesn’t have to seem so daunting. By using these resources you are sure to find the best internship opportunities for you!
There are so many great resources right at your finger tips. Getting online and doing some simple searching is about the easiest way to find the internship you’re looking for. The first thing you must do is set up a Linkedin account if you haven’t already. This will not only make you more marketable, but it will be much easier to send out for internship applications! Linkedin is also a great place to search for internships. Connect with companies to find out if they have any offerings or just search your desired internship in the search bar.
Another great way to search for internships are on career websites specifically geared towards interns. My two favorite internship search websites are internqueen.com and internmatch.com. If the names themselves aren’t straightforward enough, the actual sites are! Intern Queen is great if you are looking to travel to some great cities for your internship. The site was founded by the Queen of finding the perfect internship herself, Lauren Berger. The girl had 15 internships during her college career! Internqueen.com is a great resource for ambitious internship seekers.
InternMatch is a great resource as well. It’s database of available internships is very diverse. Search internships by city, company or career interest. InternMatch is also great if you are looking for an internship in a particular city. You can narrow down your search to find exactly what you want. You can even create an online profile so that potential intern seekers can come to you for an offer.
Use your connections!
As Ohio University students we are so lucky to have a strong network of connections and great career building opportunities! Get out and go to career fairs and other programs offered to advance your experiences. Got an awesome speaker for one of your student organizations whose job interests you? Connect with them via social media and get their contact information. They could be great resources in taking the next step for applying for an internship at their company.
It is also important to remember to use connections you’ve already formed as well. I was able to obtain my internship last summer by asking an acquaintance, who is a nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children®, if their public relations department was taking interns. It turns out they did! Do not be afraid to ask. The worst thing they could say is no and that’s really not so bad!
Go to the source!
If have a dream company you want to work for one day, interning for them is a great way to start putting your name out there. Go directly to their company website and look for career and internship postings. Can’t find any? Look for any contact information and call until you find the right person to talk to about interning. If working for them is your dream you have to keep pursuing until you find yourself in that intern desk!