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Posted January 30, 2008 by

Plan Ahead for Summer Internships: Networking

The first couple of months of the year are the best time to begin preparing for summer internships. This week, I’ll be sharing tips that have helped me get a jump on the competition and find the ideal position.
Begin Networking Now!
You will probably spend a lot of time researching potential internships from a variety of information sources such as Websites, newspapers, trade journals, and college career centers. While this is necessary and vital to your success, make sure you give equal time to good old-fashioned networking.
Log off your computer and beat the street! Get out and start working your network of anyone and everyone who might be able to help you. A personal appearance is much more likely to be remembered than an email or voicemail message, so it’s a good time to start catching up with old friends, family, and acquaintances over coffee. Encourage them to invite their friends. The meeting doesn’t have to be all about you, but when you’re asked what you have been up to, get right to the point and don’t be shy about asking for help.
Carry a large supply of business cards and hand a few to each person you think might be able to get them into the hands of others. Get the word out now that you are looking for a summer internship and you will increase the likelihood that others will call you when they hear of something. Give it a couple of weeks and then don’t hesitate to follow up with people. Your persistence and dedication is likely to motivate others to help you even more.

Posted January 29, 2008 by

Plan Ahead for Summer Internships: Availability

The first couple of months of the year are the best time to begin preparing for summer internships. This week, I’ll be sharing tips that have helped me get a jump on the competition and find the ideal position.
Determine Your Availability Now

You will need to pick and choose your battles. How important is your summer vacation? Will you be traveling? The sooner you can arrange your travel, the sooner you can give employers the “heads up” they will need to make decisions about your schedule. Confirming specific dates will show that you are organized and plan ahead.

Will you be available if the internship requires you to relocate? You will need to specifically state in your cover letter that you will be relocating for the internship. Don’t expect the employer to pay your relocation costs. Instead, narrow your internship choices to locations where you feel you could afford to move. Make sure to budget enough money for rent and deposit, utilities, and groceries for at least the first month. If this will be a paid internship, these ongoing monthly costs will factor into your decision about accepting the internship. The fact that you are paying your own relocation costs and have an idea of your monthly expenses will illustrate to potential employers that you smart and insightful. It will also give you the bargaining power to ask for appopriate compensation to finance your summer experience.