Yesterday I blogged about the internships that I have had over the years, so today I thought that I should follow it up with a post about ways to get internships. Obviously, there is no special formula that will guarantee you your dream internship…but there are ways to be proactive about your search and your methods that can always help. So…here are my suggestions:
- Update your resume. This is important to do first, because once you find internships to apply for, you will need to send in your resume. So why not start off first with a perfect resume? Come up with your own draft, then send it to people that you know and trust, like professors, friends, or family members so they can critique it. Afterwards, be sure to update your resume anytime anything changes so it is ready to go!
- Make a list of the places where you would
like to intern. This kind of a list can help guide your search process, so that you know where to look. I would actually recommend making an Excel document with all of the information about the internship program, their timeline for selection, and anything else that might be helpful (like a direct link to the internship website).
- Use the resources available to you. If you are a student at Butler, the resources are basically unlimited. There is the Internship and Career Services office, the COB‘s Career Development Center, and all faculty and staff are usually helpful in determining what internships would be a good fit for students in different areas.
- Most importantly – be proactive! Truthfully, nothing will help you land a great internship more than if you take the entire situation seriously, and work at it yourself. The ICS office, friends, and professors can help you so much, but at some point you really need to take the process into your own hands and just make it happen!
After you find internships that you want to apply for, there is always the interviewing process, which brings along its own challenges. So, last summer during my time at Vera Bradley, I wrote a blog about this part of the process. If you are interested, check it out here!