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Finding the Best Internship Possible

Guest Author: Kirrin Coleman is the co-author of Life After Graduation: Your Guide to Success.
Website: http://lifeaftergraduation.com/

The best time to start your career is before you officially enter the workforce. In other words, now. Even if you are a first-year college student, it is not too early to find an internship. Internships are short-term employment assignments during which you receive hands-on training and experience in a career. Some internships last a term, some a summer, and some may last a year or more. Some are paid positions and some are not. Internships can provide an inside view of the fields you find interesting. You’ll learn exactly what the day-to-day work is like, what kinds of skills you’ll need to be successful in the field, and—most importantly—whether or not you like it.

Internships can also give you an edge when it comes time to applying for jobs. Not only will you gain invaluable confidence from the experience, you’ll also have something
to talk about when prospective employers ask you about your “relevant experience.” In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students with
internships are more likely to be offered a job upon graduation and more likely to be offered a higher salary than their peers who did not do internships.

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Applying for Internships – Round Four

Over the past few weeks, we’ve created lists of 2-3 internship sites a week, researched each site, prepared tailored application materials for each, then submitted applications.

This week:
By now, you’ll likely be able to guess our first goal for this week – follow up with any Round Two or Three internship applications. Then, create a list of your Round Four internships; research each, prepare application materials then submit.

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Applying for Internships – Round Three

In Round One, we started with a list of 2-3 internship sites, began researching each site, tailored application materials for each, then submitted applications. Last week, we followed up with the Round One internships, created a list of Round Two internships and began researching them.

This week:
Last week, we chose not to send out any applications in order to adjust for busy school schedules. If the week wasn’t as busy for you and you decided to send out application materials, be sure to follow up with each internship that you applied for last week.

Check your notes for your Round One internships, and if there is any follow up needed for those, be sure to do so this week. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but depending on deadlines, you may begin hearing about scheduling interviews for that first round of internships. Don’t be surprised, though, if it takes several more weeks to begin hearing back about interviewing.

Otherwise, your goal this week will be to tailor your resumes and cover letters for the Round Two internships and send them out.

Next, identify another 2-3 sites for your Round Three internships. Again, you’ll want to research each of these carefully and, time permitting, tailor your application materials appropriately. Keep in mind that some types of internships require more than a resume and cover letter – some may require you to submit writing samples, a personal statement or essay(s), recommendation letters, or other materials.

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Internship Basics – Making a List of Sites

Once you know that you want to intern and have determined when you hope to intern, your next major step will be to develop a list of potential internship sites. But where do you find internship opportunities? There are numerous resources available to identify internships – sometimes, too many. I suggest sticking with fewer resource, at least initially, to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Print resources

Your campus career center will likely have internship books, like Vault Top Internships or the Career Education Institutes’ series of books, including “Washington Internships in Law and Policy,” “Big Green Internship Book,” “Internships with Community and Social Service Agencies,” and “The Museum Internship Book.” Many of these books are republished every year or every other year.

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