Throughout college one of the biggest challenges that any student faces is trying to find an internship in their profession, whether it’s for experience or meeting the requirements for their program. One of the greatest resources available that I’ve utilized to find internships are the ones provided through the university.
There are many different places students can go for help in applying for internships such as: student resources; the career services center; the academic service-learning office; and the cooperative education program. Reaching out to professors is also a great way to apply to internships within a reasonable distance from campus.
In the public relations program at Eastern Michigan University, my professors send out a billion internship opportunities (hyperbole aside, they do send out information for numerous internships throughout the semester). Students can “hit the pavement” and attend career fairs on campus (the non-profit and government career fair took place in the Student Center a week ago and over 50 organizations were in attendance).
Outside of university resources, hitting the virtual pavement is necessary in finding internships by utilizing Glassdoor, Internqueen, the PRSA job center specifically for internships in the communications field, LinkedIn, or searching company websites that you would be interested in applying to and seeing if they have an internship opportunity available.
Until last semester I had never utilized any resources to properly learn how to land an internship regarding proper interview conduct, but there are workshops and events on campus that will help teach that sort of thing, and employees in the HR department on campus are always willing to work with students on the “do’s and don’ts” of interviewing, how to set up a resume and cover letter, proper communication before and after the interview via email, etc…
Personally, I learned through experience, which is quite painful after receiving several rejection emails and letters in the mail. Once a student lands that first internship and has a proper cover letter/resume, it becomes a lot easier to at least make it to the interview process and potentially land the job.
On a final note, one of the websites that I’ve used that really helped me was Reddit. A lot of information on there should be taken with a grain of salt, but there are so many threads from hiring personnel in major companies analyzing redditer’s resume’s and cover letters, students can really get a feel for what makes a good resume/cover letter and how unique they can be. They also discuss all the things I previously mentioned regarding proper interviewing process, what to bring to an interview, how to follow-up, what first or seventh rounds of interviews will look like, questions to expect and be prepared for before the interview, etc… Reddit is a great supplementary website alongside all of the other information students gain from professors and the various resources on campus.