Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 Steps to Your Summer Internship Search

Jodyi Wren is an Associate Director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and heads our internship team. She specializes in students interested in finance & banking.

5 Steps to This Summer's Internship

     1)   Research: The first, and arguably most important step, is to identify what type of internship you are looking for. Identify the job field and eventually job function, as well as where geographically you want to be this summer. Visit our Getting Started page to learn more about specific career fields.

     2)   Develop Targeted Documents: Based on your career interest, create a targeted resume and cover letter that highlights your field-specific qualifications, coursework, experiences, and extracurricular activities. Incorporating keywords found in your research and position descriptions are key to getting your documents noticed. Examples are available on our website.

    3)   Apply: Visit CareerLink, Nationwide Internship Consortium, and other internship posting websites to identity and apply for internships that align with your career interests. These websites help inspire further internship efforts. Begin your search online here.
     4)   Network: Reach out to friends, family, relatives, and other affiliations. Communicate what you are interested in and see if they have any contacts in the field. Referrals are powerful. Also, identify alumni using RCAN and LinkedIn and seek consideration, referrals, and search insights. Our Networking page can help you get started.  From now until February 10 you can submit your resume to alumni in your field of interest for consideration for opportunities in their organizations.

     5)   Be Proactive:  Initiate proactive search strategies. Identify firms in your field of interest and proactively visit their website and apply for any posted positions. Furthermore, using CareerShift and other resources identify a person that works at the firm and send them your targeted resume and cover letter.

Most importantly, remember that counselors at the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center are always here to assist you with these steps and much more. Attend a workshop and/or make an appointment with a counselor. With a little help and perseverance, you will succeed!

To make an appointment call 275-2366. See our counselors & the fields they specialize in here.  

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