Spring has definitely sprung and St. Patty’s Day has already blazed past in all its green glory. You’ve undoubtedly reached the meat and potatoes portion of your college semester. Instead of counting the days until Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Patty’s Day, and Spring Break, the only thing left to cling to now is the end of the semester. All you have to do to make it to the golden sunny oasis of summer is jump through a few remaining hurdles, including: essays, research papers, end of term projects, and of course, the dreaded finals (Wait, are these seriously cumulative?!). No big deal, right?
If you’re not a procrastination star, you’re probably nearing a full blown anxiety attack after thinking of all the work ahead. Let’s switch gears to a more relaxing subject- the real world. Feel better now? Okay, in all seriousness, although being responsible is lame sometimes (most always) there’s something to be said for having a plan of attack. After your finals are done, you totally deserve some couch time and video games, but having a summer plan will make your life way easier later on down the road. Summer school has its benefits if you’ve fallen behind, but another option is to find work opportunities. Many companies are looking to fill spots, so this portion of the semester is an excellent time to be thinking about potential summer jobs and internships. The tips below will help you on your quest to find an internship!
Visit the career center on campus.
The people at the career center were put there to help students, so go give them something to do! Talk with someone about what type of summer job or internship you’re looking for and see if they’ve gotten any fliers or information lately. Many companies send out summer information to universities to pass along to interested students.
Talk to your favorite professors.
You probably sleep through classes you’re not interested in, but for the ones you actually care about it might be worth a shot to talk to your professor about summer opportunities. Your professor might need a student researcher or they might no of someone from their business connections that is looking for an intern.
Put yourself out there.
Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and in the case of summer internships, putting your face out there will definitely increase your chances of landing something. Go to a business that peaks your interest and ask to speak to someone about hiring. Once you’ve gotten your foot in the door see if they need extra help even if it is free labor.
Have you been looking for internships? Have you ever had an internship before? Did you think it was useful? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!