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How to Use LinkedIn for your Internship Search

By Jordan Perras

April 10, 2017

One of the best resources for your summer internship search is LinkedIn. Even though most college students associate it with full-time jobs, it can be a great way to explore internship opportunities throughout your college experience. Read on for some tips on how to maximize its functionalities to snag your dream job.

Search for internships under the job postings tab. Okay, yes, that seems obvious, but it really is step one for exploring internship opportunities. Save jobs that look interesting, so that you can refer back to them later.

  • Have a resume ready to go – some job postings let you apply on LinkedIn and you generally only need your resume!
  • You can set your preferences to tailor the postings to only show you internships or jobs in banking or jobs in Los Angeles.

Explore alumni profiles. Search for your school and location to explore where alumni are working (and whether they hire interns for the summer). Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask to connect or do an informational interview!

Update your profile. Make sure you add any new jobs, experiences or skills you have. In you summary, include “I am searching for summer internship opportunities in _____.”

If you want to work for a specific company, read its info page and see if any employees have connected their profiles. This should help you identify important skills or experiences that you have in common that may help you in the hiring process. This is also a great way to find alumni that work at the company!

  • Use the information here to write your cover letter. What are the company’s values? Why do you want to work there?

Jordan Perras will graduate in 2018 from Northeastern University and she is majoring in Math and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.  She has a wide variety of interests that include history, art and literature and plans to pursue an MBA after college. She is especially interested in the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business.

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