College is ticking away, and you need to find an internship – fast. As you probably know, having internship experience nowadays is vital. It gives you real-world experience, teaches you how to professionally present yourself, and can lead to a full-time offer after graduation. Luckily, that’s what happened to me!
But finding internships to apply for can be difficult. Where do you even begin? Take out a notebook or open a new Word document and try out these:
Everyone knows that you can use LinkedIn to build a professional profile (which you should), but no one really considers it for internship searching. In the Jobs section, you can find full-time, part-time, freelance, and… internship opportunities! LinkedIn has powerful search options that will help you narrow down what you’re looking for, so get a location in mind and have some keywords ready.
Be sure that your LinkedIn profile is detailed and professional. Once you start applying, recruiters and HR directors will be checking you out, so make sure you’re ready.
(Side note: I landed my first internship on LinkedIn. It works!)
Career Center Portal
Your college or university probably has a career center with staff and tools that are there for you. It’s included in your tuition, so take advantage of it!
This department will have an online portal where internship opportunities are posted. Your institution may even have a good track record with these listed businesses, which can increase your odds of landing an interview.
Another benefit is that there might be opportunities for you right on your campus. If the college’s marketing department is looking for an intern, they’re definitely going to post on this portal. (That was my second internship!)
One of the biggest takeaways I had from college is that networking is very crucial in today’s business world. Building your professional network begins now! Tell people you already know that you’re looking for an internship. Your professors, parents, neighbors, and friends might know someone who works for Company X, and that person might be looking for someone like you.
You either use this first, or it’s the last thing you would even think of. I just did a search for “social media marketing internship nyc,” and 31 million results showed up. Of course, Google will present the entire ocean for you to dive into, so try out multiple search queries to narrow things down. Where do you want to work? Paid or unpaid? Marketing, social media, fashion, etc.?
Internships.com & Internmatch.com
Your Google results will likely turn up pages from these two sites, so they’re definitely worth noting. Tons of opportunities can be found here as well. Take the time to build fully detailed profiles of yourself – a recruiter may find you based off of what you have to offer!
Once you find some companies, this website will help you find those worth your time. Odds are, you want to intern with a company that offers learning, growth, and opportunities. The last thing you want to be is the copy-and-coffee person.
Plus, you’ll be able to see what current full-timers think, like their thoughts on leadership and outlook for the company. If things aren’t looking so good, the odds of a full-time offer probably won’t be high.
Best of luck with your internship search! Try these out, build a list, and start applying!
Did any of these sources help with your internship search? I want to hear your story and advice in the comments below! Or tweet me: @TheMikeyDunn
Mikey Dunn is an up-and-coming online personality who blogs here and vlogs on YouTube. Here you’ll find posts about college advice, anime, and tech.