Finding an internship can sometimes seem like an overwhelming and time-consuming task, but it doesn’t have to be! If you are stressed, distressed, or obsessed with finding an internship, follow these four steps and you will be interning in no time.
Step 1: Gain Motivation, Confidence, and Professionalism
Before you can even begin looking for an internship, you must first reflect on yourself in order to improve your skills and perception. Write down a pros and cons list of your skills, interests, and values that would make you an outstanding hire or a potential fire. Now knowing your weaknesses and strengths, fix your faults and feature your fortes.
Next get organized by outlining these skills and accomplishments in a résumé. If you need help doing so, stop by the Center for Career Development (Wilbur Cross room 202) to make an appointment for a resume critique.
Step 2: Research
Now that you know more about yourself, it is time to examine your job market. Acknowledge what types of job markets would be the greatest stepping stone from your major into your future career. Explore several types of internship programs; on-campus internships, international internships, or local internships.
While researching, keep in mind that an internship should be a mentoring opportunity. You should not be a coffee runner or doing menial errands for your supervisor one-hundred percent of the time. Check the internship posting descriptions before applying to verify that you would be in a good program.
Step 3: Utilize HuskyCareerLink
HuskyCareerLink is an extraordinary resource to use when searching for internships. The Center for Career Development works hard to post up-to-date internships from almost every job field out there. These internship opportunities can be found anywhere in the country and even some global opportunities.
You can upload your resume and search for any employers, job markets, or specific positions that you uncovered doing your research or from prior knowledge.
Apply to a variety of jobs and make sure you follow the specific instructions detailed in the listing, or on the link provided in the listing. Also, be mindful of the application deadlines and requirements for positions.
Step 4: Build a Professional Network
Once you apply to several internships, maintain communication with the employer or recruiter. Send a professional email after you apply and a thank you letter after your interview. Even if you do not receive an internship from this company, you will have added a new member to your professional network.
You can also add connections by creating a LinkedIn Profile or using other social media as a resource to network. Also, form relationships with alumni members, UConn staff/students, and former supervisors.
You should also attend career fairs where you can advertise your abilities and find networking opportunities.
Having a professional network is key to finding an internship now or finding a job down the road.
If you are still confused as to how to find an internship or want more guidance, come to The Center for Career Development (Wilbur Cross, Room 202).