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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Andrews chapter.

Now that Spring Break is over (we’re sad too!), it’s time to figure out what to do for the summer. If you’re a typical St Andrean, that probably means sorting out an internship or a job. Here’s our guide for where to start your search so that your desk doesn’t end up like this! 

1. You know exactly what you want to do and where you want to work so your first port of call is the company website. It’s good because they will usually have the most information about what it is and how to apply. Remember to stress why you’re perfect for this job!

2. You know what industry or city you want to work in. Start with a website like Intern Match or use the Career’s Center online resources. You can easily sort based on preferences and just browse internships that might interest you. 

3. Your first choice internship didn’t work out. Don’t worry too much about this, you were probably next in line! Think about small companies and businesses close to home, they might not have an internship program, but get in touch with them and offer your services. Usually this works out well for both business and intern. In a small business you’ll be given more responsibility and be able to build relationships with all of your coworkers. That wouldn’t happen in a huge office with tons of interns. 

4. Work for your parents. I know how it sounds, but if your parent works in a field that isn’t totally incompatible with your skills it can be a good summer job. Make sure that when you include it on your resume the contact person isn’t related to you! 

Do you have any other ideas? We’d love to share them!

My final advice is to stay positive during the search. Something awesome will happen, we’re dedicated students at a top university – why wouldn’t they hire us! 

Hannah is a 4th year student of English Literature and Art History at the University of St Andrews.