Many student veterans have questions about how to obtain an internship in their field of interest. Here are some general tips on searching an internship opportunity that matches your interests.
Determine which internship is right for you:
-This internship predictor, http://www.internships.com/predictor, is a great tool to help narrow down the type of internship that is best for you. You will have to create an account, but it’s free. The feedback provided could also give you insight into opportunities you might not have thought about.
-InternMatch.com also provides a great tool to focus your internship search. Creating an account is free. You can also opt to receive email updates for updated internship listings that relate to your interests.
How to find an internship:
-Become a frequent visitor at your college/university’s Career Services Office. Ask if there are internship opportunities listed or if there are alumni who are offering internships. If you are applying for a summer internship, it is never too early to get started on the application process.
-Internships.com is a comprehensive internship search engine. You can narrow down opportunities according to your major, field of interest, location and desired company.
-Idealist.org is a great site for non-profit internships.
-Simplyhired.com compiles internship listings from many sites and allows you to sort by keyword, industry and location.
-Research some of your favorite companies to see if they have veterans initiatives. Goldman Sachs and the NYSE have specific programs for hiring veteran interns.
Tips to enhance your internship search:
The sooner you start, the better! Don’t wait until the end of the school year to start thinking about summer internships.
-Read “How to Get An Awesome Internship” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/francesbridges/2012/05/31/how-to-get-an-awesome-internship/) from Forbes.com for a no-nonsense perspective on the internship search.
-Read the book, All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Résumé, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience, by Lauren Berger, for a how-to guide on finding an internship, and specifics on résumés and other tools you’ll need in the search.
-Use social media thoughtfully. Utilize your LinkedIn Profile and even your Twitter account to start a conversation about job opportunities.
The key to landing a great internship is to be proactive. A little research and effort will go a long way in securing an internship that’s right for you!
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