Searching For Internships
Building and personalizing your résumé is one thing, but knowing where to look and to whom you should send your résumé is an entirely different facet of the internship experience. It’s natural to want as many responses to your applications as possible (economists call this a favorable return on investment), but you’ll need to make sure that you’re presenting yourself—the one on paper and the one with multiple social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, yes, even Instagram)—in the light that complements your professional self. For this week, I’ll share my favorite internship sites and articles that can equip you as you begin presenting yourself as a viable intern candidate.
Despite our generation’s lackluster job outlook post graduation, you still have one crucial tool on your side: the Internet. You can type in “internships” or, for example, “marketing internship in Washington, D.C.” and be ushered toward numerous sites that allow you to browse until your eyes go red and you start seeing fuzzy worms squirming in the air.
Not only do these sites allow you to access hundreds of legitimate internship listings posted by the hiring coordinators themselves, but so, too, do they allow you to apply directly through the site, résumé and all. Applying directly saves you the hassle of Googling who the appropriate contact is and how to get a hold of that person’s contact info (which, trust me, can be fruitless even after several hours of stealthy stalking!).
Internqueen is great for anyone pursuing internships in the media (journalism, fashion, broadcasting, radio, publishing, social media) or business (marketing, advertising, finance, non profit) industries.
Internships is another great source that is open to all majors. The search begins with two simple questions asking you a) what your major is and b) where you’d like to intern at. After that, a list is presented to you and you’re on your way to finding the optimal company for you.
Summerinternships is excellent if you have a good idea of what industry you’d like to work in. Everything from art to casting to radio broadcasting to film and architecture is offered here, and plenty of other industries, too. You will need to register with the site in order to apply to intern listings.
When approaching any internship site, it’s important that you’ve arrived at the scene prepared: you’ve polished your résumé and you’ve gotten rid of your sibling’s inappropriate (though, hilariously tongue-in-cheek) ad lib comment on Facebook about the exotic rope course ensemble that Zooey Deschanel exposed in “New Girl” last season. Remember: presenting yourself professionally is the end goal at this point in the journey.
If your mother is at all like mine, and your graduation day is lingering on the horizon, you’ve most likely gotten graduate guide articles from The Post, The Times, or The Journal. Needless to say, my type A, highly organized and unsolicited professional mentor mother sent me such articles. One speaks to the aspiring entrepreneurial spirit that many of us have; another lays out the intern candidate manifesto that all of us can benefit from; the last covers international students who must take citizenship and sponsorship into consideration while looking for a particular company to intern for.
Until next time,