Video:Where to Find Internshipswith Meghan Lynn Alllen
Want to learn where you can find internships? Here, see tips and tricks for tracking down a great internship.See Transcript
Transcript:Where to Find Internships
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss some tips on where to find internships.
Information About Finding Internships
The first thing you'll want to do is identify your career goals and begin early. Focus on a particular field where you need experience and start planning early in the semester or the school year about where to find your internship.
Ideas for Finding Internships
The best place to find your internship is through networking, whether it's through friends, family, colleagues, former employers or even alumni. You can even use your college resources like a college career center. And if you end up with a one on one meeting with one of these people, make sure to follow up with a thank you note.
More Ideas for Finding Internships
Next, check out online resources such as internships.com, or moneytrak with a k. The internet is a great place to find lists of well-known internships across the country and across the globe. And you can also turn to the web for classified ads. Yes, look at job websites, but even though it says the word jobs, there are plenty of internships, especially in a down economy, where people are looking for free labor.
Additional Ideas for Finding Internships
If you're not exactly sure which field you'd like your internship in, maybe it would be best to visit some career fairs. Or perhaps you already have a specific company in mind. Don't be afraid to visit that company, professionally dressed, your resume in hand, and ask about internship possibilities. Whether it's at a career fair or in person at a company, be prepared with what we call and elevator speech - 60 seconds to talk about yourself and what you can offer that company if you're, say, trapped in the elevator with the president of that company.
Whether it's looking for internships online or in person, keep track of your findings. Take some notes about each visit. You can do that with a piece of paper, on your telephone, in your computer, desktop or a tablet. Because when you're looking for internships, the place you may find it is through previous contacts, and you'll want to remember those names and faces of people that you've met.
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