- Graduate Assistants. If you attend a college large enough to have graduate assistants who teach some of your classes, these folks can be good sources of internship information because employeres are advised to contact grad assistants to recruit interns. Grad assistants have often worked closely with students and know their capabilities.
- Classmates Currently in Internships. Recuiting guru Dr. John Sullivan advises employers to seek referrals from mtheir current interns of other students who would make good interns. Some employers even pay current interns a bonus or stipend for referrals. Ask classmates if they’re currently doing internships; they may have more incentive than you realize to tell their employers about you.
- Recent Alumni. We already mentioned your alumni office. But you probably don’t need to connect with that office to ask recent alumni about internships — because you know these alumni from recently being in classes with them. Sullivan suggests that employers may be asking their recent hires to recommend former classmates for internships.
- Student Professional Organizations. Employers seeking interns may contact the student chapters of professional organizations. That’s just one benefit of belonging; others include networking with other members to learn of internship opportunities and checking into the organization’s employment resources.
- Internship Placement Services. We would advocate paying someone to find you an internship only as an absolute last resort. If you would like to consider such a service– and these companies are far from cheap — a couple of them are University of Dreams and Fast Track Internships.