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Summer may still be months away, but as most college students know, it’s always helpful to plan ahead. When you’re balancing a busy school schedule, weeks can fly by in the blink of an eye, and soon enough, the weather will be warmer, the days will be longer, and you’ll be heading home for a three-month break.
That means it’s as good a time as any to start thinking about summer. Yes, you read that right. While you don’t need to start planning your warm-weather outfits or figuring out your Fourth of July plans, if you’re interested in having an internship this summer, you should begin looking for opportunities as soon as possible.
We’re breaking down a few reasons why below.
Explore Your Options
Internships are an important part of any career journey, but if you’re not sure what job you want to pursue in the future, it can be hard to know what type of internship to look for. Getting started on your search early gives you plenty of time to explore your options. That way, you can find a role that resonates with your interests (or allows you to explore a whole new career path!).
Spruce Up Your Resume
Has it been a while since you last updated your resume? When you start looking for your summer internship ahead of time, you won’t have to rush to get your resume application-ready — which can make the entire process a whole lot easier. And when your resume is in the best shape possible, you’ll have an even better chance of securing the internship you’ve been eyeing.
Beat the Application Rush
It goes without saying that the internship market has become increasingly competitive. In many cases, you could be up against thousands of applicants. Plus, some companies operate on a rolling basis, meaning teams review individual applications as they come in, rather than evaluating all of them after a hard deadline.
Don’t let this discourage you — by getting started on your internship search early, you can be one of the first few to submit your application. Not only does this get you in front of the eyes of hiring managers as soon as possible, but it also shows that you’re excited about the opportunity.
Iron Out the Details
Want to have your internship counted for class credit? Interested in living in a new city for the summer? No matter what your plan is, there can be a lot of things to figure out before your first day on the job. But when you start preparation early, you won’t have to rush to iron out all of the details. Giving yourself plenty of time to prepare also helps to ensure you won’t miss any crucial deadlines or documents needed to start your internship.
So, are you ready to start looking for your next internship? Goldman Sachs has so many exciting opportunities for students to make things possible across a variety of teams, from asset management to investment banking, global compliance, and beyond. Applications for 2023 summer internship programs are open now and offers are extended on a rolling basis, so be sure to apply as soon as possible!
Happy internship hunting!