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Video:How to Find an Internship

with Mat Bussler

The process of finding an internship can vary based on the sort of career you are after, however there are a few basic ways to narrow down your search. Get tips for finding a great internship in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Find an Internship

Hi, this is Mat Bussler for About.com, and today we're going to talk about how to find an internship.

Narrow Down Your Career Path

Internships can be a very valuable way to gain experience, but you should know what you want to get from it first. Do you have a specific career purpose in mind, or do you just want to get a feel for a particular job path? Knowing what you need will help your search - as well as helping you get the most out of that internship experience.

Utilize Career Services

There are a lot of resources out there to help locate your internship. Starting at your school's employment or career center is one of your best options. They'll have a host of resources for researching, as well as specific information on local employers and opportunities.

Internship Websites

There are online resources you can access as well, like vault.com, internships.com, and even Monster.com. Many of these sites allow you to search open internships right from within that site. Remember that you're going to be competing against other eager people, so start your search as early as possible. Don't wait to submit applications right against a deadline. And don't put all your eggs in one basket - draw up a list with multiple choices. More options means a better chance of landing an internship.

Networking for Internships

And reach out to friends, family, school connections. This is a great chance to hone your networking skills, which will not only help your internship skills, but your career goals for years to come.Make sure your printed resume is professionally formatted, in a clean, readable font. If sending your resume via e-mail, you may want to send it via PDF in order to maintain the original format. However, the company may simply want your information submitted with the e-mail or an online form. Be sure to follow their instructions precisely.Finally, don't let too much time go before checking in via e-mail or phone call. This is absolutely fine. It shows your continuing interest in the position and can lead to an in-person interview.

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