Spring break is finally here which means it is INTERN SEASON.
It is that time of year where deadlines are approaching for numerous summer internships. Whether you are researching places to intern, in the middle of an application, or waiting to hear back, it can be stressful experience. I am here to tell you that it does not have to be daunting!
If you are still searching for an internship or are not sure where to look, here are a few places to start:
- Your college
- The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has numerous opportunities posted on their website. It can be viewed here: http://my.jou.ufl.edu/students/category/internships/
- The CJC will host Career Day on March 19. It will give students the opportunity to meet with employers that may offer internship[s and jobs. More information can be found here: http://www.jou.ufl.edu/knight/InterviewingDay/
- Ask your professors. Professors love hearing from students and do their best to push students in the right direction. Set up an appointment for a more personal conversation with them about potential internships.
- Talk to your parents or family friends. Networking can be so beneficial in finding internships you would not be able to find online.
- Chat with friends. Where have your friends interned in the past? Research those companies and see if it would be a good fit for you.
Now that you’ve done your research, the next step is to apply!
Forbes has a great article on how to land an internship. Check it out: http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2013/06/24/7-tips-to-help-land-that-internship/. Two of the most important points Forbes makes it to triple check your resume, show off your diverse experience, and emphasize flexibility.
It goes without saying, but proofreading your resume is vital. Make sure it is free from spelling and grammar errors. Double check the dates you have listed to ensure accuracy. You can have a friend read it to make sure the resume is easy to read and understand.
Experience comes in many forms. Don’t be afraid to list experiences on your resume that could make you stand out! Did you study abroad in Chile? Can you read Braille? Can you hula hoop while reciting the alphabet backwards? Put it on your resume! It makes you unique, which is crucial in today’s competitive business world. Do not forget to list your practical communication and professional skills also.
Be flexible. Each company will give interns different responsibilities. You may be doing the same thing every day or you could never do the same task twice. Show off an experience in which you have handled different responsibilities successfully.
You’ve applied for a position. Now what?
Always follow up. Send a brief thank you note via email or snail mail. If you are not sure what to say, do some online research for email templates that can guide you in the right direction. Finally, don’t get discouraged. You won’t always get your dream internship, but every opportunity can teach you valuable skills. Learn as much as you can in wherever you intern. It will provide you with more skill sets and connections that can send you career spiraling in the right direction.
Happy Intern season!