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What is the best way to apply and earn internships for the tech industry?

I have been doing my research and through that, I have learned tech internships in big and upcoming/ startup companies is a great way entry to the industry and gain experience. #internship #technology #tech

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Kate Sowinski’s Answer

Hello,

There are multiple ways to apply/earn internships.

If you are currently in college, I would reach out to your campus's career center. They can help refine your resume, inform you as to what companies are visiting campus for career fairs, or even put you in touch with recent alumni in the tech industry.

Networking through linkedin and personal connections are two other great ways to 'meet' folks within the industry and gain insider perspective around their skillsets and the types of work they are doing. However, before contacting these individuals, I would recommend that you have an 'elevator pitch' (30 second overview) of why you're interested in the industry and your interests. Making a good impression during these types of initial conversations could lead to subsequent conversations with a hiring manager in your desired organization. Moreover, thank the individual(s) for taking their time out of their day to meet with you. A simple thank you still goes a long way.

If you're interviewing, then you should do your due diligence of researching the company and read the description of the role. Interview processes differ depending on the company, but the recruiter/interviewer normally likes to know past examples of how you have leveraged the necessary skillset required for the job. Being able to clearly articulate what 'you' did in that scenario and the resulted outcome will take you far.

Good luck!
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LeQuyen’s Answer

Hi Jayden,

Think about your degree and skillsets, what are the jobs relating to your career paths? You can research the job requirements on job sites to pinpoint the type of qualifications for the jobs in your field.

-Do research at your college’s Career Resources, companies have internship programs with colleges as well as job fairs annually.
-Job sites on the net also have internship opportunities. Create an account with job alerts that notifies you when an opportunity meets your criteria.
-Contact companies directly. If you have companies that you have a passion for, send them a letter of interest, presenting your skills and ambitions.

Make sure you do research about the company you are apply for, understand their mission. Companies want to hire interns who want to grow with the company, not to train a candidate to leave after he/she obtained needed experience. They are not hiring interns for their wealth of experience or knowledge, but rather, a promising candidate to contribute to the company's success long after the internship. Good luck on your career!
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Kumar’s Answer

There are many ways to apply for tech internships. When I was applying myself, I figured out the order of their effectiveness.
1. Attend overview and networking events by different tech companies visiting campus. Go and meet the visitors, ask them questions. Basically, show real interest.
2. Grow your LinkedIn connections. They will help you get more posts about open internship positions in your feed.
3. Look out for companies which have open positions in or near your location. There are positions which doesn't provide relocation or target local residents.
4. Look for companies which have university recruiters. They invest in special team to hire more interns.
5. Apply to as much companies as possible.

Now when you apply, spend some time to prepare your resume according to the Job description. Not everyone spend time reading everything in the resume, so they have to be to the point. Use different resume for different positions if required.

Once you get call, go through the interview process for the company. That will help you prepare well. Some companies focus more on technical knowledge and some on behavioral.
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Lance’s Answer

Hello Jayden!

My first step would be to figure out what kind of tech positions you are interested in! There are many different types of tech jobs such as general IT, IT Helpdesk, Product Development, Cloud Architecture or Engineering, Cybersecurity etc.

Once you have some ideas of what interests you, start looking around for career fairs. College campuses regularly hold career fairs that may be open to the public and can be a great way to find internships or entry level positions! There are also companies that host recurring career fairs for the public, you can find these events on services/applications like Eventbrite. Some of these career fairs are even remote so they are easy to get to if you don't have a means of transportation!

Lastly, continue honing your skills and developing your resume as you go through the process of talking to interviewers and representatives from a career fair. You can learn a ton of useful tips for improving your resume or understanding the expectations by listening to these representatives and applying their advice. Don't forget to look for other events like resume review sessions or general corporate events that expose you to your local recruiters, the more they see your face and learn your name the better chances you will have by forming that relationship!

Best of luck to you!

-Lance
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Brian’s Answer

Before you start, create a list of the areas you are most interested in within the industry. For example, do you want to be involved in products, solution services, or research? Then further consider additional disciplines within those areas of interest that also align with your education and side projects you have done. If your education has you on a biomedical tech trajectory but your interests are more in augmented reality, then focus your internship searches with companies that are already established in those specific areas. When you apply, be sure to directly state how you will apply the skills you have learned through education and side projects relevant to the position. Avoid where possible the shotgun approach to internship applications where you apply for any and every opportunity. If you want to get into robotics but have no electrical engineering experience, it may be best to first gain experience with a side project like building your own robot. Companies want to hire interns that have relevant experience and have the strongest potential to return back as an employee. Lastly, fully commit yourself to your dreams and ambitions and work diligently on them day in and day out. If you are not focused on leveling up, then you are sliding backward.
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Shruti’s Answer

Hi,

It is always to have relevant experience and show your project and skills on your resume. If you network with people at places you want to work at, you will be able to use those connections to your advantage in the application process and also learn more about the companies. You should also stay organized with which places you apply to by keeping a spreadsheet of all places applied to!
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Antonio’s Answer

Hey Jayden, good day,

I think the is no such thing as a "Best way" to do something, specially talking about applications and internships, but mainly you need to look for information of the place you want, information of the products and services it offers; important information that someone in there could ask you to know if you are interested enough. Consider also the main information of the position you are applying to, think as a recruiter, what would you ask to someone to know they are a good candidate? But finally, just be yourself, take it easy and try to be friendly. When you have an approachable personality it's more easy for someone to remember you and consider you for something. This applies not only for tech industry, but for almost every job application.

Hope this helps.
Good luck!
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Tony’s Answer

When doing internship, learn something great from company. Taking my company which in tech and hardware industry, as an example, it is really good at supply chain. If anyone does internship in this company, I would suggest to learn how the supply chain works in this company and talk to someone worked in this company for years, gaining some ideas how they picture supply and this might be very helpful to your future career.
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Angel’s Answer

When starting to research internships, it's best to ask yourself what is it that really enjoy doing, marketing, software development, etc. There are many different jobs within Tech that don't involve engineering, such as Trade, legal, or HR. It is best to always go with what you are passionate about.
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Chetan’s Answer

You can check on https://www.linkedin.com/
You can see lot of opportunities there for internship.
All The Best.
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