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What is the best way of finding entry level internships?

I'm wondering about how people usually go onto finding internships.

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Dana’s Answer

Hi there, great question! I have the experience of looking for internships all throughout my university years, here are some tips:

✔️ Try to learn in your free time. This includes learning new skills (for example a new programming language) or becoming more experienced with what you know already. You can do this by developing personal projects, reading books or watching online courses.

✔️ Create a good CV/resume. There are plenty of resources online on how to do this. My personal advice would be to include:
- your education (degree, with timestamps)
- your best soft skills in a short description or using bullet points (for example: great listener, excellent collaborator when it comes to working in teams etc.)
- your past experience. This includes summer jobs, part-time jobs (even if they are not related to software development, they were occasions in which you showed you are responsible) which short, good descriptions
- your personal projects (you can add projects you worked on during university as well, it s great if you worked in teams)
- courses you completed (they can be online, it's great if you have a certification, include the dates as well).
- volunteering and extracurricular activities

✔️ Create a Linkedin profile, complete it with the information from your CV (you can make it more detailed if you want)

✔️ On Linkedin, connect with HR recruiters and people you know, and look for jobs by using their search engine and by messaging recruiters that are seem interested.

✔️ Personally, when I applied to many internships, I used to have a Google Sheets table with the following columns:
Company | Applied date | Response | Interview stage date | Interview stage response | Accepted/Rejected
You can build something similar if it helps you stay more organized and not forget about companies!

✔️ I would say to not apply to positions where, for instance they are looking seniors developers. However, I would apply for Junior/Mid positions even if I do not meet all the requirements in the job description.

✔️ Prepare for interviews in advance! I wrote a full detailed response about how to prepare for interviews here on Carrer Village for another student's question: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/435218/i-want-interview-tips

There are a lot of great remote opportunities and companies. From every response, even if it is a rejection, you can learn something. Be patient and keep looking!
I hope this helped, don't hesitate to ask more questions :) Good luck!
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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Jenny!

I am so glad to hear that you are thinking about internships. I loved my time as an intern, and it allowed me to practice skills, ask questions, and make connections with other professionals.

In college, you can meet with the Career Services Office to help you navigate job opportunities and internships. I have former experience working in this type of office, and I was able to help students discuss career goals, practice interviewing skills, improve their resumes, and find job opportunities. This would be a great start for you! Talk to your professors as well because sometimes they are aware of internships.

LinkedIn can also be a great help for you. Make a professional profile, highlight your career skills and goals, and start networking with people who are working in your desired field. You can search in the "Jobs" section, and filter your search in "Job Type" by clicking internships.

Good luck finding an internship!
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Nicole’s Answer

I suggest you start with your network to find internships. Chat with your neighbors, churchgoers, colleagues, students, their parents. Start with casual conversation and that way you also refine how you articulate what you are looking for and learn a few things along the way.

The non profit sector is also a place to consider and not overlook when looking for internships. They may not have a large budget, but many times they offer an environment with more freedom and the opportunity to wear more hats, take responsibility and learn a variety of skills.

If you follow a company or an influencer online that you admire and relate to, it doesn't hurt to ask if they have any opportunities for interns. The good side of social media is that many people are more accessible if you know which platform they prefer and how they operate. One way to open the door is to ask for advice first, and if a relationship develops, it may land you a job.
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Danielle’s Answer

You can start by creating a well put together LinkedIn profile. I believe it will let you advertise that you’re looking for that type of position and companies’ hiring managers can reach out. Try other hiring platforms, such as Indeed (but I’m unsure of that one). You can go to a university’s career counselor office to inquire, job fairs, or, I’d even try calling temp agencies or even directly to companies that you’re interested in working for. Unless you “know people who know people” it takes some leg work and cold calling on your own! Good luck!
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Tracy’s Answer

Hi Jenny, at Verizon we have internships, co-ops, rotational leadership development programs and full-time roles across the globe in Technology, Cybersecurity, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and more. We should be posting our Summer 2023 internship opportunities in the next few weeks. Please make sure to check our website: https://www.verizon.com/about/careers/college-students?CMP=OOH_NA_OTH_22222_NA_20190207_NA_NM20190021_00001
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Lisa’s Answer

Hello
I would use your career services and counselor as a start to find internships.
Also research top companies in the field your interested and contact them about internships.

Good Luck!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the help. Aniqa
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