Narrowing Your Internship Search

Looking on HuskyCareerLink, Indeed, LinkedIn, Monster and other job sites for internships can be a great approach to finding that first internship opportunity for you. It can also be very daunting, trying to sift through thousands and thousands of postings, many of which probably don’t interest you. By focusing on these three key tips below, you can be sure to make effective use of your time.

  1. Where Am I Going To Live? So you just found an excellent internship in your field, it’s paid, it’s with industry leaders, and it gives you an up close look at the kind of work you think you might want to do for your career. One problem, it’s in Ohio! It is important to set boundaries for your search so that you can realistically take the position you want. Many employers offer corporate sponsored housing, but it’s not always advertised. If the company doesn’t offer housing, try looking around in the area for places that specifically host interns. Websites like, InternsDC.com, offer students a chance to accept an experience that otherwise wouldn’t have been feasible, all within a reasonable price.
  2. Who Do I Want To Work For? Now that you have the geographic part down, it’s time for some more research. You know you want to be a doctor, a lawyer or a banker, but don’t know what that might look like close to home. Try searching for places in your area that do that kind of work. You don’t always have to be in the Boston area for health care or New York for finance. Sometimes taking a quick look around your neighborhood can show you that people and places close to home can offer you invaluable opportunities.
  3. What Do I Want To Learn? An internship is, above all, a learning opportunity. Treat your search as such. Your focus should be on, “what do I want to get out of the experience when I’m done, to move myself forward in my career?” This could shape your search from only looking at big industry leaders to looking at smaller employers who could give you more hands-on experience in your field that future employers really desire. Take a step back and think about where you want to be when you graduate and look for opportunities that will give you the skill set to achieve those goals.

Keep an open mind in your search and remember to stop by the Center for Career Development in Wilbur Cross, Room 202 if you get stuck. We can help make sure you find the right internship for your career.

 

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By Evan Shuris