Regardless of your major, or what kind of job you eventually want to end up in, you probably would love to land the internship of your dreams next summer. Whether this means an unpaid internship at one of the hot startups of the week or a glamorous investment banking internship on Wall Street, it takes some work to stand out from the crowd. As is often the case, this work takes time to do well – and can be done exceptionally well if you start earlier.
Here are three tips for college students from Vishrut Srivastava at CollegeInfoGeek.
- Start thinking of how you’ll market this summer’s experience, whether you’re flipping burgers, working on a personal project to read the complete works of Ayn Rand or just watching every episode of all the ‘60s sitcoms featured on Hulu. (Although, I hope you’re not spending all your time this summer watching TV!) What have you learned that will be of value to a future employer?
- Update your resume so you’ll be ready for the fall application season.
- Keep up the networking. Take advantage of this summer’s opportunities to meet new people and let them know you’ll be seeking an internship for next summer.
A rising college sophomore I know tells me his grueling job this summer has motivated him to be more aggressive about pursuing an internship for next year. I think that’s the way it’s supposed to work.