Internships can be a great way to get your foot in the door, gaining valuable work experience in a position that would not normally be open to someone with your skills. Finding one and getting it can be hard though. Read below for some advice on what to think about, look for, and how to go about finding that perfect opportunity.
Write a resume. Before making an active search for an internship, you should have a resume already written. This will speed up the process of applying when you find something you like. You will also need to have a copy of your resume when doing certain types of searches, such as if you go to a job fair. Be sure that your resume is appropriately structured and looks professional.
Consider building your work experience first. If you have no work experience, it may be worth it to consider building work experience before attempting to get an internship. Many internships are competitive and you will be unlikely to get one with no work history. Consider volunteering or an entry-level position.
Get appropriate clothing. Like having a resume to present when searching for a position, you will also need to look professional during certain types of searches. Any time where you are meeting a potential employer, even just to inquire if an internship is available, you should be dressed appropriately for that position
Go to job fairs. Job fairs are often held in cities. At these events, businesses looking to hire employees or interns will have booths where you can apply or get more information. Look for job fairs in your area and be ready to attend. You should have a strong idea of what you’re looking for, as well as proper dress and a resume. Job fairs will often be advertised in the local paper or on local television channels.
Network with friends, family and acquaintances. Networking is one of the best ways to find internships and other work opportunities. Poll your friends using social media, ask your parents or your parents friends, or talk with acquaintances and employers about openings they are aware of or people they may know who would be open to taking an intern.
Use specialized websites. There are many websites which are designed to help people get internships. While you have to be careful, since like other job websites there are often people wanting to scam you, these websites can be invaluable tools for finding internships you might not have been aware of otherwise.
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