How to Get an Internship This Summer

Tis’ the season for job applications.

  1. 1. Make sure your resume is up to date.

    Your resume is the first thing a potential employer is going to look at.  Make sure it’s updated with your latest school and work experience. Be sure it’s easy to read and looks organized: an employer shuffling through hundreds of applications won’t spend more than a few seconds on yours if it’s cluttered and hard to read.

  2. 2. Create a LinkedIn if you don’t have one already.

    I love LinkedIn.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a Facebook for your professional life.  If an employer is considering you for an internship, they might look at your profile, so it helps to have an active page with a nice headshot. LinkedIn offers job postings and you might even get messages from recruiters!

  3. 3. Download Indeed from the app store and start applying.

    Indeed is a job site.  It shows job openings nearby: both part-time gigs and internships.  If you apply for an internship on Indeed and don’t hear back within a few weeks, it wouldn’t hurt to give the company a call and make sure your application made it to them.  It shows you care.

  4. 4. If your school offers a portal to connect with employers, use it.

    My school, James Madison University, offers a portal called Handshake to connect with employers. This can be useful for finding an internship because many students don’t know about it and wouldn’t think to use it.  I found my first internship through Handshake, don’t underestimate it!

  5. 5. Look around your network.

    People you already know and have built relationships with can be a resource for connecting with companies you want to work for.  Start with your parents: who do they know who may be able to help you? What can you offer them? Look to your professors: what kinds of positions do they think you would be good at? Do they know if any companies you are interested in may be hiring?

  6. 6. Go to job events.

    The purpose of job fairs is to connect students with companies looking for interns and full-time positions.  Go to these! You never know who you might connect with.