As a graduating senior in college, I feel more than qualified to share my advice on interning while in college. I have held a few internship and volunteer opportunities during my tenure at Jackson State University. Now that I’m facing the world of resumes and job applications, I can fully vouch for the idea that internships really matter. When it comes to obtaining an internship in college I suggest a few tips that will make your job search much easier.
- Start applying as a freshman. The earlier you start, the better. By beginning the internship process in your first year, you will learn if you actually like the profession. If so, you’ve gained a term of experience to add to your resume!
- Make your portfolio diverse. As a communications major, I’ve found jobs that want well-rounded candidates who are familiar with social media, marketing, and AP style writing. Depending on your major, you should diversify your intern experience by showing you are indeed well-rounded.
- Keep up with your work. Save projects that you’ve worked on so you can show future employers what you are capable of. It’s one thing to tell someone you can do something, but it’s an entirely different thing when you can actually show them.
- Network with your peers. Of course you should be making a good impression on your supervisors, but try to establish relationships with interns in your office. They might be able to help you land your next one.
Interning isn’t an easy job. Obtaining an internship is even more of a challenge. However, you can excel and benefit greatly from an internship if you work hard and follow the tips above.