With students entering into the final stretch of the spring semester many are still contemplating their options for employment this summer. Many students are still looking to land a summer internship. Although many young adults have already solidified their plans for the summer, many are still looking for the opportunity to land a summer internship. I know in my household both of my kids are still searching for a position.
You may be concerned that time is running short, but there is optimism that a position can still be landed. It may be a slightly easier task in 2013 than it has been in the recent few years. According to a survey by Internships.com, over 50% of companies interviewed planned to hire more interns in 2013 than in 2012. Internships.com was launched in March 2010. According to Stuart Lander, chief marketing officer of the company, the demand for internships by both students and employers has grown exponentially year by year.
While many of the larger corporations recruit for summer internship programs as early as the fall semester, smaller businesses and organizations often don’t start to hire until the spring; now is a good time to launch a search if you have not already done so.
Here are several tips:
USE THE COLLEGE CAREER CENTER
Although you can search for opportunities through Web-based job posting sites, it is also a prudent idea to use the resources available at your school’s career center. According to a 2012-2013 report from the College Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, over 60% of companies prefer to find potential interns through campus career centers.
Some colleges and universities have seen a rise in the number of internship postings. For example at a career fair this spring at Loyola University Chicago, internship positions represented 36 percent of the available opportunities, up from 31% last year.
REACH OUT TO EMPLOYERS
Can’t find the internship that fits you? Try reaching out to recruiters within an industry or organization that interests you. In many cases, summer internships are not widely advertised. By reaching out you may learn of a position that isn’t posted online or at a career fair.
BE OPEN TO ACCEPTING AN UNPAID INTERSHIP POSITION
The increasing number of unpaid internships has certainly been a big topic of conversation over the past few years. As a general rule, the internship will add value, whether paid or unpaid if the candidate is working with a mentor in a specific profession. The type of experience gained should also be a consideration.
The primary goal of the internship experience is to learn, and while doing so, develop interesting and meaningful experiences to discuss at interviews and to add to your resume.
HALEY AND JACK…ARE YOU LISTENING???