Best Ways to Get an Internship

There are many different avenues to take when looking for an internship. It can be both frightening and exciting all at the same time. Because there are so many different options, it can be overwhelming knowing which way to go. However, if one way doesn’t work, don’t worry, another way might work better for you. Read on to find my tips on the best ways to get an internship.

~Check College Job Boards~

Many companies post internships on college job boards. Students sometimes pass these up because he or she thinks other students might have better qualifications. At least, that’s what I thought. I never used to apply to my college job board because I thought another student would get the job. I always felt very unsure of myself. Then, I realized that if I never applied, I would never get an internship, so I started to apply to jobs on the job board. There were many that I applied to and only one called back. So yes, there will be times where you don’t get a call back, but don’t let that discourage you. Keep applying and you will get one just like I did. Just don’t give up and be patient.

~Go to Job Fairs~

Most colleges have job fairs where employers come out and students get to talk with recruiters. I have never been to a job fair, so I don’t have personal advice, however I have spoken with many people who have been to job fairs and I have some tips below from advisors and professors that I will share:

  • Obtain a list of the employers at the fair ( you can usually find this on the career section of your college’s website or ask an advisor)
  • Research the companies you are interested in
  • Prepare a 60-second pitch
  • Bring copies of your resume and/or business cards
  • Act as if you were going to a real job interview

~Go to Company/Industry Specific Events~

It can be intimidating going to an event as a student and if you are alone, however it shows the company and/or industry professionals that you have a tremendous amount of drive. I was part of a student group at my college that often posted events in the industry I was looking to work in. I saw a conference that looked really interesting to me and decided to sign up for it. It ended up being somewhat pricey, was over an hour away, and I was going alone, but I took the risk. I made so many great connections at the event and ended up winning a Subway gift card which was pretty cool! Although it seems daunting, you will grow as a person and make lasting connections. If you are interested in getting more involved in your industry, Google for example “Accounting industry events near me” and make sure the events are open to students or to the public and find out if you need any special membership to go. I called the event coordinator just to make sure it was acceptable for me to go before I made the drive so I would recommend doing that as well.

I hope you guys are enjoying these posts and don’t forget that this kicks off the first day of the Internship Series! I will be posting videos and blogs all this week so be sure to check back tomorrow. Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any posts and also to my YouTube channel. Let me know if you have anything at all that you would like me to talk about. I would be more than happy to!

Have a great rest of your day and Happy New Year!

-Shelby

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