So You Want to be an Intern?!

The search for an internship can sometimes seem a little daunting. As students, the amount of work that we have to do is already so overwhelming and on top of that we are expected to be involved, have a job, and attempt to have a social life and not be stressed. You may be thinking, “What is the point of adding a search for an internship on top of all of this?” Fortunately, I am here to answer this question and more.

An internship is the stepping stone to a future career in the industry that you are pursuing. It is a hands-on, work/learning experience that provides a way for you to confirm your choice of major or career.

Now the question is: How do I get an internship?

Before you begin your internship search process, come to the Finding an Internship presentation on November 4th. This presentation, hosted by the Center for Career Development, is a great way to learn from the professional staff at the Center for Career Development on how to go about finding an internship. For more information on this please refer to the Center for Career Development’s upcoming events.

Once you attend the presentation, follow these four important steps to finding an internship:

  1. Research the types of internships, locations, and companies that you would be interested in working for.

    Begin by researching companies that employ people with your major. Once you compile an array of companies, you should look up:

    • Where these companies are located.
    • The types of internships that these companies offer.
    • The mission statements and what outside work these companies do.
    • How these companies are ranked against similar companies.

    Once you have done this research, determine at least 10 companies fit your needs.

  2. Examine your skills.
    • Think about what an employer is looking for in potential interns in your field.
    • Work to enhance these skills to the best of your ability.
    • Examine your resume for potential holes or redundant information.
    • Come into the Center for Career Development, Wilbur Cross Rm. 202, for a walk-in résumé critique any week day from 10 am – 5 pm.
  3. Use HuskyCareerLink to find internships.
    • Log onto HuskyCareerLink using your NetID and password.
    • Compile a profile and upload a resume.
    • Search for the companies that you researched.
    • Make sure that you are following all of the guidelines set forth in the application.
  4. Follow up with an email and maintain communication.
    • After each application, follow up with an email to the company.
    • After an interview, make sure that you send a thank you note.
    • Maintain professionalism in all areas of the internship search.
    • Try to continue communication with interviewers or other employees who you built a strong relationship with in order to expand your network.

If you follow these steps and come to the Finding an Internship presentation on November 4th, you should have an internship in no time!