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Internship Hunting 101: How to Land the Perfect Gig

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

Hey college peeps! Ready to get some real-world work experience in your field of study? Internships are where it’s at! Not only do they give you the chance to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience, but they also provide you with the opportunity to network and make connections with professionals in your industry. So, let’s dive into how to find the perfect internship for you!

  1. Start Early

The earlier you start your search, the better your chances of finding the perfect internship. Some companies start looking for interns months in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to start looking! Plus, the earlier you start, the more time you have to prepare and refine your resume, cover letter, and interview skills.

  1. Use Online Resources

The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding internships. Websites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn are great places to start your search. You can filter your search by location, industry, and type of internship. Plus, you can set up job alerts to get notified when new internships that match your criteria are posted. UT specifically uses Handshake to match companies to students so check that out for targeted recruiting opportunities.

  1. Check with Your Career Services Office

Your college’s career services office is an excellent resource for finding internships. They often have connections with local companies and can help you find opportunities that align with your career goals. They can also provide you with advice on how to craft a compelling resume and cover letter and prepare for interviews. Sanger Writing Center and Texas Career Engagement are great places to start.

  1. Network, Network, Network

Networking is crucial when it comes to finding internships. Reach out to your professors, classmates, family, and friends to see if they know of any internship opportunities. Attend career fairs and industry events to meet professionals in your field and make connections. You never know who might be able to help you land your dream internship!

  1. Be Proactive

Don’t wait for internship opportunities to come to you; be proactive and reach out to companies that interest you. Look for contact information on their website or LinkedIn page and send them a personalized email expressing your interest in interning with them. Even if they don’t have any current openings, they may keep your information on file for future opportunities.

In conclusion, finding the perfect internship takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it! Start your search early, use online resources, check with your career services office, network like crazy, and be proactive in reaching out to companies. With a little persistence and hard work, you’ll find the internship that’s right for you!

Vanna Chen

Texas '23

Senior Computer Science Major Sleepy, Funny, Addicted to Kombucha