How does one go about getting an internship while in college?
I know I want an internship so that I can gain real world experience in whatever I decide to go into, but I have no idea about how to get one. Do you research online? Do you talk to your professors? I don't know. #professional #internships #networking
I believe most colleges have placement office where you can go and look for such opportunities. Intership is a great idea.
So great to hear that you're interested in an internship! You will get great real-world experience from an internship, and it may even lead to a full-time job. My advice would be to think about the type of internship opportunity you are looking for (what industry, geographic area, etc.) and then do some research online. A lot of companies post internship opportunities on their websites, so once you narrow down your search, you may be able to find opportunities with targeted research online. Additionally, if you happen to know anyone who works for those companies, that can always be a helpful 'in' and starting point. LinkedIn would be a great place to start to see if you have any connections at the companies where you're looking to intern.
Keep in mind that internships can be competitive, so you will probably want to apply for more than one. Whether you get the internship or not, you will certainly learn something from the process, and it is good practice for the one that does work out! Best of luck!
If your college hosts any career fairs, or if you are able to ask your Career Services department if there are any in your area (if not held at your school), this could be a good place to start. I have helped represent my firm at career fairs in the past, and it is a great opportunity to gain insight into a bunch of different firms at once. The booths at these fairs often have great handouts with valuable information on the internship opportunities they have available, and other info like what their company culture is like. It's very beneficial to be able to talk with the people who could be your future colleagues!
In my experience, internship resources provided by my college did not fit my needs for one reason or another. I did my own research and was successful in finding a perfect place to complete my internship - had an amazing experience. The college may have suggestions that work for most students, however, not for all. Some students are parents returning back to school and have other constraints. My suggestion would be to search for places that best suit you and feel confident doing your own research.
You go to www.internship.com and put in the database what you are seeking (i.e marketing, fitness, accounting) and read their guidelines on the application. The most important thing you want to do is look at the the company's background perhaps you can find information for it on glassdoor.com. Make sure that the internship schedule can fit around your school schedule so that nothing interlaps and make sure the employer giving you the internship stays in contact with your guidance counselor just incase anything happens you have a leg up with either party. I wish you the best on your journey.