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Video:Tips for Finding IT Internships

with Christine Jorgensen

Finding an IT internship is crucial for your future career. Here are expert tips on where to look for internships, what to expect on the job, and tips for presenting yourself as a good IT intern candidate.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Finding IT Internships

Hi, I'm IT Career Counselor, Christine Jorgensen, for About.com and today we are talking about IT jobs.

Internship are Important for Your Career

If you are senior in college or a recent grad looking to break into the IT world, finding an internship is very important. Generally internships are unpaid, and you will work at least 40 hours if not more. However, in the IT world, internships can be paid since most of the work you are doing is very advanced. They can still be very stressful. However, you will learn a great deal from them, and you will have a foot in the door.

Use Your University Connections to Network

The first thing you want to do is network. Networking is one the most important things you can do to obtain a job in the real world regardless of the field you want to work in. If you are in college, ask a few professors if they have any contacts with companies. Also go to your college's career services center. Typically a school will have ties to a company or two. If they do have contacts, send an email and introduce yourself. You never know what will come of it. If you graduated, email any friends you may know in the industry.

Update and Polish Your IT Resume

The next step is to make sure your resume is updated and polished. If someone contacts you back, you need to be ready with your resume to show you are professional. Do not worry if you don't have any professional work experience, most college kids don't. List your education, relevant experience, and skills you may have.

Conduct Internship Research Online

Once you have your resume completed, start conducting searches online for internships. While this may sound daunting, it really isn't if you know where to look. There are many sites that are designed to specifically search for internships. Engineeringcentral.com and collegegrad.com are two search engines that specifically help IT majors and recent graduates. Internweb.com is also a valuable resource, and it is specifically geared towards obtaining internships.

Make a Professional Online Profile

When you go to these sites, they may ask that you make a profile. If you do, make sure you list all your specific qualifications. Be concise and to the point. Sell yourself the best you can, as this is the first thing an employer will see before they actually meet you.

Hopefully you now have a better idea on how to find an IT internship. Thanks for watching. If you'd like to learn more please visit us on the web at About.com

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