College Students: How To Land The Best Internship For You

College Students: How To Land The Best Internship For You
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    Finding the right internship can do everything from providing you with some much needed savings to giving you the edge you need for getting started in the career of your choice.

    Here are some tips to getting where you want to be in the world of internships.


Know where you want to go

Be goal orientated and have a career plan. This might seem unnecessary for something as short term as an internship, but can have a significant effect on your future career. Choose an internship which furthers your career plan or develops your skills in a useful, marketable niche. Big companies pay more and may be able to invest more in you during your stay with them but experience gained must be relevant for you to have that edge at a future interview.

Networking is worth its usual weight in gold

Contacts such as professors and employees of companies where you might want to work are invaluable. Professors often have gained contacts through their academic careers and companies might well contact a professor if they are looking for talented students to join the crew. A good way to connect with businesses is networking events where simple things like having a pen and a practiced introduction of yourself can help make a great impression. The more people you know in a relevant company the better and actively communicating with them might score you a recommendation with an interviewer.

Start early

This might seem a bit ridiculous coming to you right in the middle of summer but now is the perfect time to start looking for an internship for the coming year as most companies are hiring and interviewing year round. The earlier you start, the more likely you are to have a good number of choices from which to pick the best fit for you. In addition, do not forget that there is such a thing as a co-op internship which you can do whilst studying.

College career counselors are there to assist. Get assisted

Make use of your college career counselors, if you have the opportunity. They are well connected, specialized and well informed. They can be useful for discovering internships not necessarily posted to the large internship sites (which can be especially useful for finding small niche internships). They can also help you with gaining confidence in interviews by providing mock interviews as well as guiding you towards internships which are a good fit for you.

Your internship application is an important first impression

Have your internship application top-notch. The best ways to do this are to follow the age old advice of “edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite” and getting someone to look at you application to you and give you feedback on points like whether you come across as unpleasant or ready and confident. Does it sound a bit stiff? Remember you are trying to sell your personality at least as much as your abilities as the average college student or recent graduate is not going to have an extensive work history to show off.

Try to engage with the person on the receiving end of your application, keeping in mind that being purposefully strange or weird to be memorable is simply not a good idea. The company is looking for a new, organic member of the team and the more the impression of the reviewer is that you can engage and fit in at the company, the better off you are. And do not be overeager, employer’s know that per-employment fanatical excitement about the company and job tends to fizzle out pretty quickly when it gets down to the daily grind.


Your resumé should try and highlight any skills or useful/relevant hobbies you have been developing, as well as any work experience you might have gained, without making it a ten page autobiography. There’s a lot of solid advice on how to accomplish this effectively on the web, and comprise a lot more detail than I can go into now. Suffice it to say, honesty, brevity and attention to relevant details should be the key components of your resumé. A college career counselor can also help with this.

Ending remarks

Be sure to try and have fun with the whole process and the internship itself. It is an unique kind of experience. And be sure to share this article around, it might make all the difference to a friend wondering about this topic.

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