As you could see from last week’s post, there are a lot of organizations attending the Hawk Career Fair seeking interns. Some of them are focused on summer interns.
For example, most of the internships with Colony Brands (formerly The Swiss Colony) start in June. The Management Trainee Internship with Enterprise Rent-a-Car is a summer opportunity. Finally, if you want to intern with Target, you’ll want to connect with them at the fair. Their Stores Executive Internship is for Summer 2013.
Some students will end the fall semester with their summer internships set.
What if you’re not interested in the companies or summer opportunities at the Hawk Career Fair? Will you be behind if you don’t finish this semester with your summer internship secured?
Not at all. However, there are still some things to work on to keep your summer internship search on track:
Your Resume – Don’t wait until you absolutely need your resume to prepare it. Start working on it now. Have it reviewed by one of our career advisors. Then have it reviewed again, maybe by a different career advisor. You’ll have a knock-out resume ready to go when opportunities start to pop up.
Your Resources – What resources are best for finding internships in your field? Know what resources you want to use and make sure you know how to use them effectively. Take Hawk Jobs, for example. Do you know how to use the “Advanced Search” features? Did you know that you can have new postings emailed to you? Have you found the hidden career resources? If you answered no to any of these questions, you might want to meet with a career advisor for a short tutorial.
Your Strategy – Just like in a job search, there’s more to finding an internship than searching for opportunities on job boards. Networking is an important strategy, one that you can implement right now. Did you know that some students create their own internships? Is that a strategy that might work for you? It could be, and now is the perfect time to explore it.
If your plans include an internship for Summer 2013, now is the time to start. Even if you aren’t applying for anything right now (many more opportunities will pop up starting in late January), you will be completely ready when the time comes.
Planning for a Summer 2013 internship? Still looking for a fall semester internship? Exploring spring opportunities? Then this year’s Hawk Career Fair is the place you need to be!
Of the 114 employers registered to attend the fair, 52 of them are seeking interns. Here is the list of specific internship positions being recruited for. To get more details, log into Hawk Jobs. You can search by employer through the “Career Fairs & Workshops” tab or search by position through the “Job Search” tab and using the provided job IDs.
Welcome Back Warhawks! I trust that the first week of classes went smoothly, and I hope you’re ready to get back into the school groove. Hopefully part of your 2011-2012 plans include an internship (or two).
Here’s a little look at what you might have missed over the summer and what you should definitely take advantage of this fall:
Confessions of a Summer Intern – For the second summer in a row, I recruited a group of four UWW interns to share their summer internship experiences with the masses. Alysondra, Gabby, Erin, and Sarah were all over the internships “map.” We learned what it’s like to be a virtual intern, we experienced what our nation’s capital has to offer interns, we headed oversees to London, and we got an insider’s view into a local powerhouse. If you missed any of the series this summer, definitely check it out!
Resume Dr. – Did you know that September is International Update-Your-Resume Month? I didn’t either until I saw it on Twitter last Tuesday. Get in the spirit by checking in at one of our first Resume Dr. events for the year:
Tuesday, September 20 – 9:00am to Noon – Hyland Hall Atrium
Wednesday, September 21 – 10:00am to 1:00pm – University Center Concourse
Thursday, September 22 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Andersen Library
Hawk Career Fair – Don’t miss out on the biggest UWW career fair of the year! Approximately 100 employers attend this annual event to recruit, and many come looking for more than just full-time employees. Internships make up a large segment of the available opportunities. Find the list of fair attendees and opportunities being recruited for on Hawk Jobs: www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.
Wednesday, September 28 – Noon to 4:00pm – Williams Center, Gym 1
Be sure to bring plenty of copies of your resume to present to employers…you know, the resume you had doctored up the week before.
Get some tips on how to work the career fair from our Career Spotlight blog (disregard the event info at the end of the post – it’s from last year).
Intern Spotlight – Did you have an awesome internship experience this summer? Or are you anticipating that your fall internship is going to rock? Then you definitely need to consider applying to be UWW Intern of the Month and be featured in our “Intern Spotlight”! If you’re not there yet, the Intern Spotlight is still very beneficial. Read UWW interns’ stories and learn from their experiences.
Be sure to hit the ground running when it comes to your internship search. I’ve already met with students planning for Summer 2012! It’s awesome!! Haven’t even come close to thinking that far ahead yet? Get going! The competition is already ahead of you…
Beyond the in-person meetings, connect with me on Twitter. I tweet about current internship openings, and I share articles and tips to help in your search. I can also answer basic questions there – just send me a “reply” or “direct message” and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Wishing you all the best for the 2011-2012 academic year and in your quest for an amazing internship!