How To Land A Last Minute Summer Internship
Short of signing up for the late-night shift at a local fast food joint, it might seem like you’re out of options, but you actually still have time to find a worthwhile job or internship that can help prepare you for your long-term career – you just need to know where to look. Below are some tips on finding a great internship with just weeks left before it’s time to suit up.
Ask the experts. Most college campuses have career services departments that can help give you a push in the right direction. Although personnel might not know of any open positions, they might be able to help you get your search started by providing you with the names of companies to research and specific titles to search for on job boards.
Reach out. The Internet makes it easy to contact people – and you never know who might be able to help. Scour LinkedIn and your school’s alumni association for appropriate contacts at companies you might be interested in working for and ask them if they are aware of any open internship – even if there isn’t anything available at their companies, they might be able to refer you somewhere else. Also, don’t be afraid to ask professionals in your chosen field to go for coffee or lunch to chat. Networking is critical in the business world and people will be impressed by your effort and enthusiasm.
Apply to the most recent postings. Job boards, like Craigslist and CollegeRecruiter’s internship board, are obvious places to check for open positions, but keep in mind that many jobs on these sites were posted months ago and have probably been filled. To increase your chances of getting a response, focus on jobs that have been recently posted.
Remember that beggars can’t be choosers. Although you might still have luck in finding a position, it might not be your “dream job” this late in the game. That means that you might need to settle for something that offers college credit instead of financial compensation or be willing to take a part-time internship instead of something that puts you in an office setting every day. Keep in mind that the goal of an internship is to get some real world experience and good references for future jobs – the important thing is that you work hard and learn, regardless of prestige, pay or work hours.
Ask to shadow. If you keep hitting dead ends in your search, change your approach a bit. Ask some of the contacts your found during your research if it would be possible to “shadow” them a few times during the course of the summer. Although you’ll likely need to find another paying job to keep occupied, this will give you an idea of what it’s like to work in your target industry, as well as help you network for future career searches.