INTERNSHIPS ON INTERNSHIPS ON INTERNSHIPS ON INTERNSHIPS
Well you get my point..
For those who have never had an internship. GET ON IT. And for those of you who have, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Getting an internship can be a very taxing and tedious task, but have no fear! I have come up with some guidelines to get you excited about the long and annoying hours you will spend updating your resume, sending your cover letter to your mom so she can make the proper edits, and emailing those bosses from 2 summers ago (who probably don't remember your name) for a recommendation later.
So here it goes..
1. Start early - It's never too early to start thinking about your summer internships or summer plans. During my freshman year at college, I was nervous about getting stuck working at the local pool for yet another summer so I began my search for an internship in early October. As a result, I had my internship locked and loaded by January and got to enjoy the rest of my freshman year instead of fretting about the summer.
2. Apply ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE (well not literally) - For those of you who are reading this and saying "Internships!? I barely know what I want to be when I grow up!" Well, that's the best part! Doing an internship allows you the opportunity to find out your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. It took me THREE internships to realize what I wanted to do with my life, well sort of, but that was only because I applied to as many different and obscure internships as I could possibly find on Google.
3. It's Not About WHAT You Know, But WHO You Know - Look back at emails and contacts from High School, family friends, or even relatives. Chances are one of those people knows someone that knows someone (who is writing this blog--jk!) that can get you a job or at the very least connect you with someone who is looking to hire some interns.
4. Get That PAPERRRR - let's be real, if you're a college student chances are you're paying a lot for your education, or your parents are and you should be rewarded for that. In searching for internships try and find a job that is going to pay your for your time. As someone who has had 4 paid internships, I promise they're out there, you just have to look.
I hope these tips have been somewhat helpful and that you find success in all your endeavours. Good luck!