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What is the best approach to getting an internship?

I will be entering college in the fall and I want to know what strategies I can use to get an internship that I want.#internships

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Eva’s Answer

I agree with Lisa that reaching out to your campus career center is a great idea. They can help you with your resume and provide tips for applying for an internship. I would also recommend applying for as many internships as possible. If you have an idea of the field you would like to pursue, stick to those. If you are still figuring out your ideal career path, you should consider applying to all internships that are at least somewhat interesting-looking. This is the approach I took as an undergrad: I applied to everything/anything and did several different internships - both in college and immediately after. It helped me make connections and helped me land a job after college.

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Lisa’s Answer

Since your profile states you are a student my advice is for you to reach out to the resources available for you at your college or institution. There should be a career center available to assist you. They will be able to tell which companies come to your campus to perform interviews for their internships. I was able to utilize this service when I was in college and landed an internship with a major telecommunications company. If it tells you anything I still work for this company. Internships provide you with very valuable experience that will open many doors for you. Best of luck!

Lisa recommends the following next steps:

Reach out to your career center at your college or institution.
Research the companies who have internship opportunities.
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Brian’s Answer

Do not be afraid I'm trying to enter the intern space early in your college tenure. While most of your classmates may wait until junior or senior year to begin their search get started early perhaps even your second semester.


Make sure and search for internships by the industry and not just the business specifically. Some of the tools you will certainly adpot from one group may benefit you as you interview for jobs with other companies.


Lastly, be sure to exercise your network. You may have friends, family, or classmates that are involved in business groups seeking help from interns.


By positioning yourself as a strong candidate early, being open to different opportunities, and exercising your existing network, you will undoubtedly see more options than your peers.


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Albert’s Answer

When I was in college, I was able to obtain an internship at a public television station from the career development department at school. I suggest you reach out to your guidance counselor at school for the opportunities available to you in your desired field.

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