The Internship of Your Dreams: How to Find an Internship that isn’t a Total Nightmare
I assume that most students are like me, going to school to get a job. However, today it’s not enough to get a degree. Having experience to go with it can make all the difference. So how do you find an internship that will look good on a resume, but also not cost you your dignity while boring you into a coma.
Google like a Customer not a Potential Intern
If you want to find a wedding planning internship, go to websites that recommend wedding planners to potential brides. Scour the town and look for the best of the best in your specific field.
Talk to EVERYONE
Talk to teachers, advisors, grad students, upperclassmen in your area of study, family members, and friends. Ask everyone if there is anyone else you should talk to. Don’t leave any stone unturned.
Use University resources.
Visit your Career Center and its website. (UNT has an online program that allows local business to post internship and job openings for students.
Denton is a Mecca of Local Business
Don’t overlook what’s nearby. Denton has many successful small businesses. While smaller companies tend to have less developed programs, you can often have a real impact on the company, which looks great on a resume. To start your search, go to the Denton Chamber of Commerce website and look through the online Member Directory.
Stay away from programs that do the work for you.
Internships.com, College.Monster.com and University of Dreams and the like can waste a lot of your time and money. Doing the work yourself will be worth it when you find the right internship.
After you’ve found 5-10 solid leads, prepare resumes and cover letters. Don’t sell yourself short. Make sure you send only the best. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back right away. Even if you can’t find an internship for spring, continue to follow up and maybe it will turn into an opportunity for the summer or next fall.
Best of Luck in Your Internship Search
Cindy Brugge – delightfully satisfied Bookkeeper Girl intern
This is a piece from my monthly column in the Campus Pages, called Intern-al Affairs.