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How can I land a summer internshp/job?

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Salman’s Answer

LinkedIn - LinkedIn is one of the popular websites to help you search for employment opportunities, and network with professionals across all industries. Even if you’re still in school, don’t feel intimidated. Build yourself a professional profile and start connecting with recruiters, job administrators, internship administrators in your area! Also, LinkedIn has its Student Job Portal that can help land the perfect job for students and recent graduates alike!

Internships.com is definitely a good online tool for finding paid or unpaid internships.

InternQueen - It has everything you need to know about internships covered! You can search for opportunities depending on your preferred industry and semester, with the added option of virtual internship.
You also have a lot to learn from its blog, which offers awesome and engaging content on writing a resume, acing interviews, and other tips on successfully running a professional life!

Idealist – This is one of the popular online platforms for job seekers in the social sector. It connects any idealist with more than 100,000 organizations and resources for volunteer and open internships to transform their good intentions into actions.

CoolWorks.com - The website promises finding you a job at great places, which include national parks, ski resorts, conservation centers, summer camps, and retreat centers. Great place where you can find an internship that strikes a balance between work and fun, especially since they believe that you can and should love your job.

Looksharp.com – This site has a wide offering of over 30,000 internship openings for students and fresh graduates that can be looked up through college major, keywords or location. Top and featured companies include Facebook, UPS, and Northwestern Mutual. Definitely worth looking into!
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Hubert’s Answer

There are multiple resources you can use. Here is a few that helped me find internship:

• Google – (I would google keywords for internship positions)
• College/University – Some school have a specific department that handles Internship opportunity
• People you may know – You might find someone you know whether it is family, close family friend etc. They might be in position or know
someone that can help you land the internship.

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Haneen! When it comes to finding a summer internship/job I suggest doing your research early on. Always start looking for opportunities months before you would actually be starting. If there are specific companies you are interested in working for, I suggest checking their websites or getting their contact information and reaching out to them directly. Make sure you have a resume ready to send over and a cover letter letting them know what you are interested in doing. If you don't have a specific company you're looking into, you can google jobs or internships based upon your line of work. There are plenty of opportunities but you really have to look for them and be proactive with applying. Good luck to you!
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Bill’s Answer

In fairness, securing a summer internship is a job. You need to cast a wide net and try to do things that stand out. Having an internal contact at the company helps.
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Simeon’s Answer

I would reach out to your teachers and see if they know of any internships or work opportunities. Check the websites of companies that you'd like to work for someday and send inquiry emails. Even if a company doesn't know of an internship, they might know of other companies that do offer internships. If you can't find a summer internship, you could also try working at a summer camp. You'll make a lot of new friends and you can often leverage new connections to find job/internship opportunities.
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Jacob’s Answer

I would say any type of recruiting platform (Indeed, LinkedIn, etc). In addition, if you are apart of a University a great way is to use your Universities career website to see what type of companies are known for recruiting at your college. Putting yourself out there and reaching out to people who work where you think you may be interested in is always a great start to get your foot in the door.
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Angela’s Answer

Hi Haneen, to start you can search the websites of the companies (under careers) for which you may have an interest. Additionally, you can also use websites and apps that'll allow you to search for opportunities, such as LinkedIn and Indeed. If you're in school, you may also want to check with your Career Center.
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Bill’s Answer

In fairness, securing a summer internship is a job. You need to cast a wide net and try to do things that stand out. Having an internal contact at the company helps.
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May’s Answer


You might contact your high school counselor or college advisors. These people will have a world of knowledge and connections to share. Good luck and much success!
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Nandita’s Answer

There are several different resources you can use: websites like an Indeed and LinkedIn that have roles, companies, and people in your network at those places. Another resource is definitely looking to people you know. Especially as a younger student, looking to people you know in your family or family friends that work at companies you may be interested in and could help you find work / experience there is a big resource.
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Ram’s Answer

Hi! I completely agree with everything that has been said. I also just wanted to emphasize how important it is to know the job, know the industry, and most importantly, know the firm. The best way to learn these things is to speak with people at the company you are trying to recruit for by reaching out to them. Through these conversations, you will be able to gain the tools needed to ace any interview.
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Jackie’s Answer

Find an area in a profession you are studying for or are interested in. Find out who you may know (friends, family, friends' family) that may be willing to take on an intern. A lot of these positions are unpaid, so think outside the box. Can you shadow someone at a bank in their finance department or corporate offices generally a few days a week. Can you do administrative things for a Consulting Firm? Can you volunteer for a state, local or national governmental representative? Just ask. Get a resume together of any experience you have (waitressing? stocking shelves? previous career?) and put on a nice outfit and walk in to these places if you or your friends/friends' families don't know anyone. Remember any experience is helpful when landing that first paying job. If you need to or are able to, intern part time at multiple places so you can figure out if that area of your profession is right for you. If it's not, at least you'll know and can focus your time and energy on finding what you love and not waste your time in that particular area of your profession. I interned unpaid for my state Senator even though I didn't want to go into government because she was a business lawyer by trade and I wanted to pick her brain. Think outside the box! Good luck!
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Daniel’s Answer

Usually your college can help with your search, but there are several different good websites for internships: Handshake, LinkedIn, and Internships.com are a few good references to check!

Talk with your college advisor as well to gain more knowledge or good tips for interviewing and application needs.

Daniel recommends the following next steps:

Research websites
Reach out to college advisor
Fine tune your resume
Submit applications
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Hammad’s Answer

Hi,

I suggest:

Check or have you resume reviewed.
Highlight related experience.
Use social media as a tool to help find internships.
Demonstrate flexibility I.e location.
Apply as early as possible.
Prepare and ace the interview.


Hope this helps.

Hammad Saeed
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Justina’s Answer

I would say start with any company’s website that you’re interested. Check the career section and if the company does have any internship/volunteer they will have the opportunities listed. I also recommend asking the teacher/professor they too tend to have great resources related to career opportunities. Some schools also do have career department to help students navigate different opportunities that are available in the community /companies within.
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Richard’s Answer

My son works in finance (entry-level, investment banking), and I spoke with him about your question. There are plenty of hard skills necessary: in order of importance least to greatest, you will want to be decent with excel, understand how companies and industries work and how to analyze them, know what bankers/FAs do/what your firm does, and be up-to-date on news and industry trends. Reading news and completing vault guides is great preparation for interviews.
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William’s Answer

Networking is a very good way to get started. Create a profile on LinkedIn and start connecting with people that you know.
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Clarice’s Answer

Lots of companies offer summer internships. I would recommend looking into summer internships in your area and start applying. I believe this is a site that lists them out for you. Best of luck to you!
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Emily’s Answer

I would utilize your connections you currently have! Reach out to people your parents know and see if any of their companies are hiring interns. It's easy to apply online but in addition, reach out to who you already know!
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Kirby’s Answer

Hi! I would recommend thinking about a specific industry, company or occupation you are interested in working for and then using career portals to find internships available. There are websites such as Handshake, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or Indeed that list various positions available. If you browse through these sites, they have links to applications to fill out for positions to start the interview process. These sites make it super easy to find jobs and get connected with companies!
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Janet’s Answer

I believe searching online and identifying an internship in an area of your interest is just the mechanics. As others have posted, there are several online tools to help with this. What I'd like to hone in on is your point to "land" a summer internship/job. To me that means, once you have an opportunity in your hand, how/what do you do to ensure you are the one chosen for that internship position. And here I would suggest you focus on the positive attributes of your character and experience that you can bring to the table.

When businesses are looking to hire junior talent, they still want those candidates to have a baseline set of soft skills/attributes: having drive/ambition to do well, eager/willing to learn, positive attitude, being polite/respectful/friendly, open to feedback and change, etc. From a hard skills perspective, it always helps to demonstrate you are responsible and able to start and complete an activity - whether that is taking care of younger siblings or pets, have volunteered at school or hold a leadership position at school, have organized an activity for your family or friends, or something more formal like working a part-time job. These types of soft and hard skills will speak to the type of person you are and what you're willing to do to demonstrate your drive and ability to succeed. Best of luck!
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Kyle’s Answer

Hello,

Here are a few ways to that could help find summer internship/job opportunities:

1. Take advantage of your schools career/opportunity center. Career centers provide a great way for students to get connected with professionals and companies. Career centers help provide job opportunities to students as well as interview prep, resume reviews, and more.

2. Look for networking opportunities. Universities provide a lot of networking opportunities on their campus by bringing in alumni. Join associations related to your field of interest as professional associations can lead to potential opportunities. If you have any family or friends in the area of interest you want to work in reach out to them as well. Networking is an important part of searching for a position.

Hope this helps!
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