Linda Ann’s Answer
There is a serious problem with grade inflation in the last decade or so across the USA. So while GPA may be an indicator of your dedication to your studies and what you've learned, it may not. It depends upon the faculty members whose classes you enrolled in. Many employers know about this problem and put less weight on GPA than they have in previous generations.
You can probably anticipate where I am going with this answer: Internships probably carry more weight with many employers because of the problem with grade inflation I have mentioned in the first paragraph. Assuming of course that your internship was at least one semester long AND that you were given meaningful opportunities to apply what you've learned in some of your college courses, the person(s) who were responsible for supervising your internship would be a better gauge of your 'soft skills' than would a college professor when it comes to letters of recommendation! By 'soft skills' I mean such things as verbal communication, tact and courtesy, industriousness, perseverance and social skills (respect for peers and administrative superiors).
I wish you much success in finding an appropriate internship that helps you to develop in a high caliber professional!
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Speak with your Academic Adviser about internship opportunities in your geographic region. Don't however just rely upon your Adviser.
- Do an internet search for "internships" at various company's websites. Such internships are somethings listed under employment opportunities!
- Attend Career Fairs offered by the Career Counseling Office. Internships might be available through the Career Counseling Offices!!! So, get to know the staff there - they are a very valuable resource for landing your first job as well.
- Attend resume writing workshops and interviewing skills workshops - often offered by the Career Counseling Office.
- Be persistent in looking for an internship.