Do you know what you want to do after graduation? Whether you know exactly what you want to do or are still exploring, an internship is a great way to get experience in your major.
The most common time intern is the summer between your junior and senior year. This is beneficial because it is late enough in your college experience to have much of the core coursework that will help you on the job, but also early enough for you to explore other career options if you don’t like working in your field. Here are a few tips to assist in your internship search:
Don’t procrastinate! Most summer internships have application deadlines before January, so it’s important to begin your search now!
Explore your school’s resources. There are many opportunities to help prepare you for your search; such as career fairs, mock interviews, and career coaches.
Update your resume. Even if you have updated your resume yourself, have another person take a second look. Check to see if your school’s career services office offers resume-building workshops.
Take time to learn about the company. The purpose of an internship is to give you a feel for a company and hopefully, be offered a full time position after graduation. By taking time to research a company, you will likely be more successful in finding a work environment that fits you.
Don’t automatically cross off unpaid internships. Although making money is always a high priority, some of the best internship opportunities are unpaid. Think of it as getting paid in experiences rather than dollars.
Have fun! Don’t let the internship search stress you out. Be excited about the opportunities that are in your near future!
Stephanie Morrill is junior Business Administration and Music double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is originally from Washington state. When she isn’t busy with school, she enjoys spending time with her family, and most of all her dogs. Her favorite hobby is showing dogs on the weekends. She enjoys NSCS because of all the people she gets to know. She loves that our admiration for academics has brought us all together. She is excited for her first year on the NLC!