How many times have you told yourself that you will begin your summer internship search when you get some free time? The winter break is a perfect time for doing some preliminary research on your options. Begin browsing internship postings in Handshake, Vault, CareerShift, and GoinGlobal. This will help you identify positions that interest you and help you determine what application materials may be necessary.
‘Tis the season for gatherings of family and friends. Quite often, loved ones use these gatherings as an opportunity to ask you about your life at college and your future plans. Many positions are filled by someone who knows someone else with a connection to a great job. Let family, friends, and acquaintances know that you are looking for an internship and ask if they have any ideas related to your field of interest. Even if they do not know of a job opening, they may know of a professional who would be open to an informational interview.
The spring semester is always hectic, between academic demands and the very active student life on our campus. Save yourself some stress and create a first draft of your resume over the winter break. When you return to campus, you can have it reviewed by a friendly staff member in Career and Professional Development, then attend the Internship and Career Fair on January 31st.
As you wrap up the fall semester, remember that the staff of CPD wish you good luck on finals and a merry Christmas!
Written by Amy Ames, Assistant Director of Professional Development