Searching for internship
Searching for internship shall be done firstly by contacting the organization directly, if possible. There are many organizations that offer internships, but they never advertise or list their positions through the various channels like colleges or placement cells. In this case, it is always better to do a search and identify a list of organizations you’d like to work for and contact them directly – most of the organizations respond by email now a day. The following resources can help you identify organizations:
- Google Search using location
- Local yellow pages
- Various websites that are dedicated for internship
- Yahoo Yellow Pages
- Yahoo or Google Searches by geographical regions and/or interest
Searching for internship – Creating your own!
There may be a situation where you don’t find the best suitable internship of your interest. For example, you may want to do internship in a specific organization in your hometown, at the same time they do not have an established internship program. There are some cases in which the organizations need people who are ready to work as interns, but may not have a clearly defined system to attract interns.
Here are some tips and guidelines on how to find internship or how to develop your own internship or a part-time job during summer. Before going into it, it is always good to have a thorough study of your field, major companies in your area, talk to alumni, your peers, etc.
Searching for internship – Choke out what you are expecting from an internship
- List out your interests specifically
- Identify the objectives in doing an internship
- What do you expect to gain from the experience in doing an internship?
- What are the type(s) of responsibilities you may be able to take up?
- Location and type of organization you would prefer to do the internship
- Are you expecting any compensation as stipend, etc?
- Identify your strengths (writing, research, analytical skills, etc.), academic preparation, previous work and volunteer experiences, hobbies, and extracurricular activities. These are your potential cards for the employer. You may always talk to career assessments counsellor or with a career counselor to help you clarify these skills and interests.
Searching for internship – Best strategies
- By identifying and exploring the best possible options for a successful internship program, you should fist contact your mentor or the placement cell. The library (mostly) and web has immense resources. Another major input chancel is the alumni. Be in touch with them to get best out of internships.
- You should prepare a list of organizations that you feel is fit for you. Most of the organization websites can help you to contact them directly. The above mentioned channels can get you best organization related to your interest.
- Research your organizations of choice by visiting their websites to learn about their mission, products/services offered, major divisions, and location.
- Identify specific departments/individuals to contact with your internship request. For example, it might be the University Relations Department, Marketing, or Finance department. To help you identify specific departments/individuals, contact alumni also. You can also ask your professors, TAs, parents, relatives, and any other acquaintances if they have contacts at the places you’d like to intern. Search in a broader and wider way so that you get maximum benefit. This itself is a learning exercise. Don’t take it as a burden.
Searching for internship – Prepare a quality resume and cover letter
- You MUST attend the resume writing classes or workshops conducted at the university or college.
- Make an appointment with Placement Cell Officer for help with your draft.
- Send resume and cover letter to contacts you have made.
- Follow up with a phone call to re-emphasize your interest and to answer any questions employers may have. This is also a good time to try to set up an appointment for an interview. If the organization is out of the area, you may suggest a phone interview.
- Don’t forget to refer one senior professor or peer from the institution.
Prepare for an interview
- You MUST participate in the mock interviews conducted by the department and placement cell.
- Review information on the prospective organization (website, etc.), google search, related industries, etc.
- Design a “job description” for yourself, if one is not specifically mentioned. Think about the kinds of projects you would like to work on that would be of use to the department / company. Demonstrate the value you will bring to the organization.
Follow up procedures
- Send a thank-you letter.
- Respond to all offers and communications, even those you do not plan to accept.