When first start out or changing careers, it can be difficult to “get your foot in the door” and land your first job. Even after you’ve earned your college degree, many employers still look for related experience, which you may not have—because you’re just starting out.
So, how do you get this experience? Many employers say internships are the answer. The availability of summer internships is currently at an all-time high and employers are constantly looking for motivated students and recent graduates to intern at their companies.
Some internships may be paid, and some may not. But the key benefit of an internship is the invaluable practical experience you will gain. This can pay big dividends—in helping launch your future career. Having internship experience will set you apart from other recent graduates who may not have related on-the-job experience.
So where do you find these internship opportunities? Popular online job boards such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Indeed.com are continuously posting internship opportunities in a wide variety of career fields and locations.
In addition, make sure to tap into your professional network. Let current or past co-workers, supervisors, friends and family, fellow students, instructors, and program chairs know you are looking for an internship. Set up a LinkedIn account and post your resume—and join LinkedIn groups related to your industry and career field of interest.
The Career Services department is also an excellent resource and can help you search for and prepare for an internship!
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Serena Franken a devoted blogger specializing in online learning.