Every student at every school should make good use of their career service office. Why? Because the professionals who work in those offices know more about how students from those schools can successfully find internships and entry-level jobs than anyone else. They know the employers who are most likely to hire their students and what students in previous years did that resulted in them being hired by those employers for internships and entry-level jobs.
Network. “When talking with people in your network or connecting with someone via LinkedIn, always say “I am interested in focusing on X opportunities for internships and would really appreciate any ideas, advice or suggestions that you are willing to offer.” People are ALWAYS willing and happy to share ideas, advice and suggestions. This approach helps you build a connection with someone. However, if you only ask if they are hiring interns or do they know of any internships, they can easily respond “no” and then your conversation is over.”
Use your career service office. “Make sure that your documents (resume, cover letter) have been updated and critiqued by someone in your school’s career service office. Employers (small, medium, and large) see hundreds of resumes and can tell immediately who followed an online template and who got professional help. You want your documents to make you an interesting, appealing, and competitive candidate. It is acceptable to have multiple resumes and cover letters, as they should be tailored to each position.”
Track your applications. “Create an excel spreadsheet to track your applications. Columns you will want to include: name of employer, title of position, and dates you applied and followed up. Additionally, create a separate folder and save copies of your internship descriptions so that you can refer to them when you are prepping for an interview, as the posting may have been removed.”