Have you identified your college major and are beginning to hone in on your career options? The value of internships while in college cannot be underestimated. Not only do internships validate your choice of career direction by offered exposure to your profession, they also demonstrate to future employers that you have a modicum of experience in your chosen field and the motivation to secure such internships. How does one go about securing internships in their major field? Follow these recommendations from career counselors and recent successful college graduates. Those graduates with internship experience can distinguish themselves from their peer and become much more attractive candidates to employers upon graduation.
The value of networking can never be overestimated. The overwhelming majority of internships are secured through networking. If your network is limited, begin to make it a priority to reach out to professors and industry professionals and introduce yourself. Another avenue for securing internships while in college is through the college career center. Many employers reach out to the college career centers for assistance in identifying strong candidates to fill their internship openings.
The first way to position yourself as a strong candidate is to develop a professional resume. Even if you have limited experience a resume is how prospective employers will evaluate your candidacy. Include all honors, special projects, community service and campus activities on your resume. Sign up for the interviewing skills workshops offered by your career placement office. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and select professional apparel from the styles available at Rue 21. Tone down the bling and wild hair styles. Leave the loud prints and colors for the evenings and weekends. Practice responses to typical interview questions with a professor or representative of the career office. The most important things to wear to a job interview or interview for an internship are a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence.
The more job and internship experience you have on your resume, the attractive candidate you will be for career positions in your field upon graduation. Best of luck to you!