October 20, 2010

Internships Search Checklist

If you intend to intern somewhere in the spring, now is the time to start looking. It can be a little overwhelming to perform an internship search on your own: there is a lot to keep organized and a lot to prepare. To help you out, here is a basic check list (roughly in order) of the steps you should take along the way to finding that dream internship. Keep in mind though that the timing of each of these steps can vary greatly by company and each has its own timeline. Always be polite and respectful and try to be patient when waiting for feedback or information.

Spring Internship Checklist/Timeline

Research and Applications
-Do some research on different types of internships and companies

-Determine what geographical area you want to work in

-Research companies in your area of interest and gather contact info or career site links

-Meet with any contacts in the industry to see how they can help you

-Prepare or retouch your resume and have someone review it

-Start creating a list or spreadsheet of companies you'd like to apply to

-Contact each company to find out more about potential jobs, ask if they take interns, find out how to apply, etc. Be polite and professional, this is your first chance to make a good impression.

-Do some research on the companies on your list to personalize your cover letters

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