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What are some good places to find Computer Science based internships?

Hello! I am from New York. I am majoring in Computer Science and Economics at Boston College. #computer-software #computer-science #college #webdev

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Emilia’s Answer

Hi! I definitely relate with the whole internship search.
I would check if BU has a handshake because I found that to be much more tailored to college students looking for jobs than LinkedIn. Their job suggestions were way more applicable to my skill level and interests than other job search sites. More companies have messaged me directly on Handshake letting me know about networking, recruiting, and informational events as well as job opportunities. Your school will also probably host several informational and career events on there too.
Which leads me to my next tip: career fairs. Go to them! And prepare for them too. Look up the companies, what they do, their work culture, their open positions, etc. If you have time, apply to your favorites before the career fair. Recruiters love to hear that you're already engaging with their company by the time you get to a face-to-face interaction.
Also, I'd get on CS-related campus clubs' group chats (Slack, Discord, mailing list, etc) because there are some club members who already scored internships that'll be told by their companies to signal boost some positions there. And if you're interested, some start-ups may be looking for people a part of the club. One general club is SoDA (Software Development Association), but there are plenty of CS clubs specific to certain demographics (SHPE, WiCS, SWE, etc).
Good Luck!
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Andrew’s Answer

Hi Hossain,

Great to see you're looking ahead to life after graduation. Networking is key so look out for other alums in the industry you can contact . Couple of next steps below. Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Andrew

Andrew recommends the following next steps:

Check with the Career Center https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/careers.html
Use LinkedIn to network with BC alums in the tech industry at firms you're interested in
Join Glassdoor to get firsthand feedback from current and past employees at a firm you may be considering.
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George’s Answer

I find that a lot of college students focus on the Big consumer Tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon etc and completely neglect massively successful and large enterprise software companies like Salesforce, Slack, AWS and Workday. Companies like these are dying to have good young talent as interns and quickly convert them to full-time employees. Broaden your horizons and look out for these great companies. Make sure you do your research and apply.

Good Luck!
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Steven’s Answer

If you are currently attending college take advantage of the resources available there!
Attend career or internship fairs and resume workshops and follow up! Having a robust professional network is probably the best way to land a position so make sure that you network whenever you can. Clubs and extracurricular activities are great opportunities to broaden your network. Finally make sure that you apply to a bunch of positions, practice interviewing and keep your head up if you cant find anything.
If you cant find anything from resources at your college, dont be afraid to look online or reach out to your network, you never know what you can find!
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Harshita’s Answer

Hi Hossain,

I am listing down few pointers which helped me a lot while searching for jobs/ internships:
1. Search for internships on linkedin.
2. Try to connect with HR's and employees of those companies.
3. Send a not asking them if there is any open position and if they can refer you or consider you for the position.
4. Other than that, try reaching out to friends/ knowns who are working in companies and ask them if they have any internship opportunities.
5. Select the companies where you are aspiring to go, and check there career pages if in case they are offering internships.

Thanks,
Harshita
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Olivia’s Answer

OK I've been here, and had to apply to 400+ places to get my first internship so yeah I recommend the shotgun method once you have a solid resume and projects. I would recommend using less popular sites like Indeed or Angel.co if you're desperate because LinkedIn and Glassdoor internships can be oversaturated with applications. Good luck bro! Don't let the leetcode grind you down
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Josiah’s Answer

Hi Hossain, the best way to find computer science internships is by making connections. The field is very competitive and can be a huge challenge in finding internships. So my best advice is to make connections with Professors and students. Because students can refer for the internship they may be doing. And professors has a wide range of connections in the field you are in and I imagine they would love to help. And lastly don't be afraid to reach out out to companies asking for internships. When I was searching for internships I emailed over 50 companies and got about 10 emails back. And all it take is one company to take a chance on you!
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Hossain M. In answering your question, I share with you that one approach you may want to take in searching/finding good computer-science based internships would be to search from inward out....meaning you may want to consider what you are seeing on campus in terms of jobs, you may want to use online job tools like Indeed and LinkedIn and you may also want to do broader Google searches if there is a particular company, type of job or programming language you are interested in pursuing.

As a brand, I am familiar with Boston College...and knowing a bit about the university scene in the northeast part of the country, I would be shocked if there weren't some pretty robust sources of information on internships for young people who are working in the area of computer science. Given where we are in a post-pandemic space, at least here in the US, and the field of computer science which is a field where generally getting good employment isn't too difficult, one additional thing I would recommend is to ensure that when you are searching for good internships, give yourself ample time to do that search. Said another way, if you intend to do summer internships, consider beginning your searches between January and February. Oftentimes, starting early gives you a good sense of what is available, what is attainable and allows you to build a path to getting the great experience that having an internship can provide.

Best of luck to you!
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Rishin’s Answer

Hey Hossain!

That's a great question. A great place to start would be LinkedIn- which is a professional social media network (https://www.linkedin.com/). You can make a professional profile there and also search for job opportunities. Searching "Software Engineering Internship" or even "Technology Internship" will yield dozens of results! Another option is to join CS career communities. If you use Discord, there's a Discord server (https://cscareers.dev/) for students looking for Software Engineering Internships where people share opportunities they find. They even have a bot that scrapes the internet for new postings! A similar resource is The Intern Club (https://intern.club/#/) which is a group of current interns who share advice and resources.

Also ask your advisors in school if they know of any resources! Often times companies will come to schools looking to share opportunities that they'd love to pass on to you.

Good luck with your search!
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