Getting The Internship You Want
While the job market for recent college graduates is still anemic, aspiring interns have reason to be hopeful. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, employers expect to hire more college students for summer internships this year. The survey revealed they anticipate hiring 8.5% more this year than last—and nearly all expect to pay their interns.
If you’re vying for one of those coveted intern positions, the competition may be fierce— but there are ways to get ahead of the pack. Internships.com CEO Robin Richards shared with us the steps you should take to boost your chances of landing the internship you want.
Assess your values, temperament, personality, and interests, Richards says. Internships.com and other sites offer free tools for completing this critical process – however, most students jump right into the internship search without a thoughtful assessment of who they are and what they want.
“The vast majority of students apply for internships by location first, area of interest second, paid or unpaid third, and by name brand of the company fourth,” Richards says. “Many have a hard time landing an internship because each step is less thought-out than what they’re going to do Friday night.”
A self-evaluation can lead to a better understanding of the career path you want, and the types of company cultures and environments that suit you best.