Congratulations! You made it to graduation, finished your finals and have just enough time for one more trip to the dairy bar! Now, what are you doing May 11th? Many of you are starting new jobs and preparing for more education in grad school or are hitting the road to travel before joining the workforce, but you might be asking yourself what to do if you haven’t landed that perfect job yet. Don’t panic! There may be a perfect option for you. Take a summer internship. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve graduated, why do I need an internship?” While internships are typically done by students still in school, a graduating senior can have an excellent advantage in the job market after completing an internship.
An internship is a great opportunity to break into an industry that you’ve been dying to work in but haven’t landed an interview. Why would they call you back for an internship there over that full time job? Taking a risk on hiring an intern is often more appealing to an employer than dedicating themselves to a brand new full time hire, because there is no obligation to keep you on the payroll at the end of the summer. This can be an advantage if you decide it just isn’t for you after all. The other advantage from getting your foot in the door this way is it offers you the chance to try out the company and network within which may lead to jobs inside the firm that may only be for internal hires, people already employed with the company. A summer internship could be just what you need after graduation to confirm what you want to do in the next stage of your life and offer you a better chance at landing that dream job at that dream company.
While it may sound like a difficult task to find an internship as a senior, the Center for Career Development is here to help with career guidance, resume critiques, interview prep and so much more. Stop by during our Walk-in Appointment hours from 12-4pm, Monday-Friday to take advantage of these resources. Good luck!