Three Steps to Kick Off Your Summer Internship Search

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This week kicks off the start of spring classes. Many of you have returned to campus refreshed from winter break. You know that the weeks ahead will bring new challenges in the classroom. But for many, thoughts will start turning to summer. Hopefully, those thoughts include an internship.

If you are like the many students planning on a summer internship, it is important to start NOW! Here are three things you can do right away to get yourself on the right track.

  1. Get going on your resume. If you have put off writing your resume, your time is up. Most, if not all, internship applications will require you to submit a resume. Start writing a draft, get some feedback from career staff in Career & Leadership Development, and continue to polish it until it’s employer ready. If you already have a resume written, be sure to get some feedback if you never have before. Also, add any accomplishments from the fall semester – an internship, a new leadership role, academic honors, etc.
  2. Figure out what you want. Your internship search is going to be very difficult – not to mention frustrating – if you have no idea what you are even looking for. No matter what your major is, you need to make some career decisions before embarking on your search. What do you want to do? Keep in mind that you’re not making a forever decision – An internship can help you decide if you’re on the right path or not. But you need to start somewhere. Get some ideas by researching work related to your major. Speak with your career liaison for more individualized assistance.
  3. Familiarize yourself with your resources. While online internship/job boards are not the end-all, be-all for finding an internship, they are a popular tool and a good place to begin. Learn how to use each site effectively (again, another excellent reason to meet with career staff in Career & Leadership Development). You might find exactly what you’re looking for, or you might get ideas for creating your own internship. Here are some resources to get you started:
  • Hawk Jobs – For UW-Whitewater students only! Particularly helpful for students looking in business and communications. However, you may find opportunities in human services, education, and even the arts from time to time.
  • Big Shoes Network – A must-use resources for aspiring communications professionals. Opportunities in PR, marketing, social media, graphic design, etc.
  • Making the Difference – Primary resource for internships with the federal government.
  • Idealist – Start your non-profit career. Find volunteer and internship opportunities.
  • Volunteer Clearinghouse – Human services “internships” can be hard to come by for undergrads. Your best bet is exploring long-term volunteer opportunities, some of which can be found here.
  • Science.gov – Internship and fellowship opportunities for undergrads in the sciences.
  • TeamWork Online – Want to intern with a major or minor league sports organization? This is where you need to be looking!

What questions do you have about the internship search? I would love to hear from you!

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