You might be thinking that February is too early to start looking for internships, but the truth is that many companies are already looking for students to help them out in the summer. Internships are one of the best ways to boost your career and help you gain experience in a field you enjoy. Here are five resources you can use that will help you snag your dream internship.
- LinkedIn: This social networking site offers many opportunities for networking without ever leaving your couch. Make sure you fill out every field of your profile, complete with a mission statement. Research the companies you want to work for, then find employees working in your department of interest. By reaching out to them and expressing your interest in their company.
- University career resource center: Many colleges have career centers that can help you prepare for interviews and search for jobs. Talk to a counselor who can help you narrow down your skills and even help you create a resume. Attend internship and career fairs held by the center so that you can speak directly with employers.
- InternQueen.com: Lauren Berger founded this site in 2009 to create a more personalized way that students can connect with the job of their dreams. The website has internships available in every industry from tech to fashion, and they’re separated by category. Berger also has an Intern Queen YouTube channel that offers useful advice on entrepreneurship and jobs.
- Glassdoor: This website lets you read employee reviews of companies before you even interview with them (you can sign up for a 10-day free trial, then you must post a review or add a salary to get full access). Glassdoor is best for major companies (iHeartMedia has more than 400 reviews); you might have to search a bit more for smaller businesses.
- Alumni network: According to an ABC News report, 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. If your university has a strong alumni network, chances are there is an email listserv or a job board where graduates post internship opportunities.
It’s never too early to start preparing for the job you want. With these five resources, you will be on your way to a successful career and endless possibilities!