By Valeria Tirado
As a college student, you’ve probably heard the word “internship” so many times you’re sick of it. You may be wondering: are they really worth all the hype? The answer is—absolutely!
Internships can be amazingly useful boons to a person looking to get ahead in the business of their choosing. You also gain valuable experience, plus some internships are even paid! So where do you find these internships? The answers can be found in places you may not have even thought of before.
The internet, specifically social media, provides many opportunities for internships. Social media has connected people in such an intricate way that face-to-face networking almost seems trivial. Send out a tweet, enter a post on Facebook, or troll through any of your various other accounts and you can find yourself connected to any number of possible internships.
Not only will all of your friends see the message and possibly hook you up with someone who can help, but if you post on the right hashtag you can have entire communities helping you get in touch with the people who can help you best. Also be sure to follow/friend all the right people and keep up with them, which I think is the equivalent of face-to-face networking.
Specific sites are also valuable tools for getting internships. Monster.com may be known for its job ads, but did you know that there are internships advertised there too? By just typing the word “intern” into the search bar I was able to pull up an entire page of results for businesses looking to bring an intern into the fold.
The best part is monster.com is only one of many job finding web sites to have sprung up over the last few years, each with a plethora of results and contacts for a person willing to use these channels to find internships in their chosen field. Many sites let you get very specific with what you’re looking for and let you filter out things you’re not interested in. Pretty sweet, huh?
The last thing I’m going to mention is career fairs. While the internet plays a vital part in our lives today, meeting people in person is not yet obsolete. It’s very rare to land a job/internship without at least one interview, and the reason for that is because meeting someone in person can give you much more insight on them than just meeting them online.
There are usually dozens of companies at job fairs and they’re not just looking for employees, but usually interns as well. If you can make a good impression on an employer at a job fair then you’re probably going to get a call back. Never underestimate the power of first impressions!
The internet is an amazing invention full of various resources for a person willing to seek them out, but meeting employers in person can also do wonders. Good luck in your internship hunting!
Valeria Tirado is a junior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick with a major in Environmental and Business Economics and an Anthropology minor. She plans to get a Master’s from Rutgers in Food and Business Economics and attend NYU Stern for Economics after graduation. Valeria is the captain of her intramural volleyball team and can be found on Twitter at @valeriat94.