6 Ways to Find (Awesome) Internships
Whether you’re a seasoned senior or a first year student, internships are essential to having a fun and successful career. Not only do internships help you build your resume and let you gain hands-on experience, they also let you see what you’re passionate about. I’m a junior public relations major and have had two summer internships and multiple work-study positions. Some of my experiences include working for Mount Union’s Office of Marketing as a student assistant and interning at my fraternity’s Executive Office as the conference intern. And now, I’m going to share six awesome ways that can help you find an internship!
1. Network, Network, Network
Did I say network? Networking is one of the best ways to find internships and work experiences. Whether it’s a fellow classmate or professional worker, they can all provide you information about internships and more. Networking may seem scary, but honestly, we network every day. From talking to our friends, to meeting someone new, we’re constantly building our networks. We can also network professionally by attending job fairs- conventions and seminars where young professionals can make meaningful connections with professionals in their field.
2. Involvement Leads to Internships
Being involved on campus not only helps you expand your network, but also shows that you’re dedicated to your field. When you’re involved in an organization, you’re around people with work experiences that can help point you in the right direction, as well as, share connections. During my freshman year, I was involved in Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the president at the time saw my dedication and passion to the public relations field and suggested that I apply to work for the Office of Marketing. And here I am two years later!
Also, don’t be afraid to ask or utilize what your organization offers. Mount Union’s local radio station, WRMU, often has connections to other radio stations in the area, and if you’re in a fraternity or sorority, a lot of them offer summer internship experiences. Feel free to check out Rachel Brumenschenkel’s blog about being involved here.
3. Exceptional Connections = Exceptional Alumni
Exceptional Connections is a relatively new program that Mount Union has released that allows current students to connect with Mount Union alumni from all over the nation who have had years of experience. Connecting with them doesn’t just mean internships, but shadowing days (which are a fantastic opportunity if you’re busy and don’t have time for internships), and mentoring programs (having someone look over your shoulder and guide you as an undergraduate).
What’s stopping you? Sign up today to meet with alumni and find the program that works best for you! Follow the link here to sign up: http://connect.mountunion.edu/Default.aspx
4. Advisors Know Best
Our departments and academic advisors are experts in their respective fields and have a vast network of employers. Utilize them!! Talk with one of your professors (in your respective field) or set a time with your advisor and see what they have to say. You never know what internship they may have lined up!
5. Center for Student Success
Mount Union’s Center for Student Success (located in HPCC by the B&B) is a fantastic resource to use. Not only can they inform students on internships, but they actually bring employers to campus! In the spring of 2016, the Center for Student Success brought the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (a minor league baseball team) to campus to interview students. I was able to sign up for an interview and it was a great interview practice and experience. The Center also provides job fairs, mock interviews and can look over your resume. Wow, they provide a lot of amazing opportunities for us!
LinkedIn is a professional social media site (yes, social media) that allows you to connect with everyone and anyone you know. Remember the first point on this list about our never ending networking? This is a great way to keep all of your networks “on file” as you continually grow professionally. A lot of the time, employers post on their LinkedIn accounts stating they’re looking for interns or new employees! Having a LinkedIn is also a great way to show the professional side of you on social media.