I am currently a student looking to find an internship or externship. I know I should target a
company and then compose some sort of letter but I have no idea where to start. Could
you give me a few pointers?
The Career Doctor responds:
Now is the perfect time to start searching out internship opportunities for summer.
There should be plenty of opportunities for all college students to obtain
How can college students track down internships? Here are the top four sources:
- Use your network of friends family former bosses/co-workers — everyone
you know — to let them know you are interested in an internship this summer.
Networking is a great tool for uncovering some hidden opportunities.
- Use your college’s resources including the career services office the alumni
office and your teachers. All of these folks should be able to provide you multiple
- Use the Internet. There are quite a few internship Web sites out there
some where you can apply for an internship directly.
- Use your imagination. If you have a certain niche or a certain set of companies
you would love to intern for then research those companies and apply for
internships either from the company’s Web site or through a mail campaign
using a cover letter and resume.
In all cases once you decide to apply for an internship please make sure your
resume is tailored to each internship opportunity and that your cover letter (in about
three to four paragraphs) makes the case that you are the ideal candidate for the
By the way internships are a MUST for college students who want to have the best
employment opportunities upon graduation. Employers want to hire college graduates
that already have a proven track record of success.
And of course for students who are not exactly sure of their career paths internships
are a great way to get a glimpse of a career path — and help you decide if that career
is right for you or not.
Finally internships are also wonderful opportunities because they grow your skills
and employability expand your network and may even give you a permanent job
offer upon graduation.
Use these resources from Quintessential Careers to help you: