- Developing Marketing Materials
You’ll need a resume, cover letter, and interview skills, covered in greater depth later in this chapter.
- Finding Prospective Employers
Chapter 2 provides suggestions for finding internship employers. Here are a few more avenues to explore:
- leaders in your career/occupation
- best companies to work for
- matching corporate values/culture
- companies for which you have a previous connection
How do you research prospective employers? Go to our Guide to Researching Companies, Industries, and Countries.
How do you know the companies you find are a good match for you? Take our Workplace Values Assessment.
- Seeking Career and Internship-Search Advice
If you’re struggling in your internship search, turn to the many resources available through your college or university — specifically your professors and your career center.
Consider reading: It’s Never Too Early — or Too Late — to Visit Your College Career Office.
- Using Network for Uncovering Internship Leads
The collection of people you know — and who know you (or know other people in your network) — amounts to your career network. And while the concept of networking is sometimes a mystery to internship-seekers, it shouldn’t be.
Networking — by a very vast margin — is the very best way to track down internship leads and career opportunities.
Take all the socializing you typically do as a college student, crank it up a few notches, and you have networking of the sort that can truly help you find an internship and later land a job upon graduation. When you first enroll in college, you don’t necessarily think about the kinds of hard-core networking activities that will really benefit your job search later on. But the earlier you start, the better off you will be.