This article was written by Amanda Garrity, Internship Office Student Assistant.
The new year has now arrived with the murmurs of summer internships growing louder with time. Applying for summer internships can be an overwhelming process from first glance. Applications have the reputation for being time consuming and stressful, which quite frankly is a terrible combination. However, there are some ways to make this process a much smoother experience.
1. Sit Down & Daydream
What does your dream summer internship look like? Is it at a big or small company? Where is it located? What type of work do you want to complete? Consider these questions and write down your answers. Before beginning the internship search, it is essential that you know what you are looking for. In addition to your dream internship, you should also re-examine and write down a more realistic option. This will give you some flexibility when applying for positions.
The next step can be exciting or terrifying. One piece of advice: Don’t let internship postings overwhelm you. If you find that you don’t know where to look or where to begin, make an appointment with Nagatha Tonkins, Communications Internship Director. She will help you to get started in the right direction. You will be able to use various resources in the Internship Office to find a variety of internships that focus on your interests.
3. Stay Organized
Once you find internships that interest you and you begin applying, it can be easy to get lost in a maze of dates, names and information. Keep it organized. Similar to the college application process, it is extremely beneficial to create a spreadsheet with key categories for the position type and details, company name, contact information, application deadlines and materials required. Having it in plain sight in one location will be much easier than a number of bookmarks or tabs on your browser.
4. Be Positive
“If you believe, you can achieve.” While this quote is a bit cliché, it is very true. The internship process can get discouraging at times. Just because you may not land the ideal internship at the major company in New York City does not mean that you are not capable of landing an amazing internship elsewhere. Remain optimistic and continue to work hard to ensure that something great will fall into place.
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