My brother is a junior in college, and has an eye on the future. He’s majoring in Economics with a minor in mathematics and he’s looking for a summer internship. It’s only March, but now’s the time to find something before he has to really worry about sitting on the couch all summer.
College internships are a huge stepping stone into the real world. For many, it is their first work experience where they get a taste of what is means to work in an office and
hate your life get a taste for what working might be like.
So as he searches for internships on the Internet, I asked for some recommendations for him. I don’t expect anyone to offer him a job, just some friendly advice to increase his chances of finding a good fit for an internship over the summer. This is what I got:
@danielpacker Recommendations from professors.Any other internships.List any societies to which he belongs.
— Yes, I Am Cheap (@yesiamcheap) March 12, 2013
@danielpacker A good cover letter. Cover letter/resume get you the interview. YOU get the job. Hook them with the cover letter.
— Catherine (@PlungedinDebt) March 12, 2013
@danielpacker look in the alumni database and start cold-emailing for informational interviews. Then do the same with LinkedIN.
— Well Heeled Blog (@WellHeeledBlog) March 12, 2013
These are all really good ideas, and I really like the first one. Professors can be excellent resources. I remember meeting with a professor before deciding on my major and it was one of the best things I could have done.
I also don’t want him to worry just yet. I was studying abroad during my spring semester of my junior year and it took me awhile to get an internship. All I could do was email back and forth, so I think he has a big advantage. If anyone wants to interview him, they’ll learn a lot more about how we can be valuable to their team instead of just reading about his 3.94 GPA.