It’s spring, and you know what that means: the search for summer internships is in full swing. Sometimes searching for internships can be hard. You’ve applied, but it seems like your resume has been lost in the mix. It seems like you’ve done everything you can. However, there is no need to worry! There are so many resources and actions you can take to make your internship search successful.
Check job boards often.
Most schools have a job board or internship website. For example, IUPUI’s website, Jag Jobs, has both part time positions and internships available for students to apply to. Also, our site, IndianaINTERN.net typically has more than 900 positions available during the peak summer season. Did you that Indiana INTERNnet shares internships with nine different colleges and universities around the state? So you may even see some internships from the site while browsing your school’s job board.
Talk to your school’s career development center.
Most schools have a career development center with advisors that can help you with your job search. Although they can’t place you in a position, they can help you navigate their career site to find that perfect position. They can also talk to you about strategies and practices that can help you get that interview.
Take a second look at your resume.
Often, the reason a student is not getting any responses from applications is because their resume is not quite up to par. A great resource to check out is your school’s career center. They have trained professionals that will help you tailor your resume to the positions you’re applying for. If you’re uncomfortable going there, you can also have a friend or family member look over your resume to check for any spelling errors. Also, remember to tailor your resume to the job positions you’re applying for. Although this may seem tedious, it shows the employer that you are serious about the position and a great candidate.
Most students think LinkedIn is for full-time professionals only, but LinkedIn can be a great resource for networking. Not only can you search for professionals in your area, but you can easily contact people you may want to work with in the future. Don’t be afraid to reach out to these individuals. This will open opportunities for you such as job shadowing and even potential internships.
Look into professional clubs and groups.
Professional clubs and organizations can have great opportunities available for students. For example, students studying public relations (PR) can become members of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America). This gives PR students the opportunity to not only connect with other PR students, but also gives the access to the job board hosted on PRSSA’s website. This opens doors for PR students that they would have otherwise not known about.
While job searching can be difficult, it’s important to remember to not get discouraged. There are many different avenues you can try while searching. Don’t be afraid to try all of them. Let us know if there’s any job searching techniques you’ve tried that have been successful!