Where your students can find last-minute summer internships

May 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Finding internships | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

Career Centers nationwide are experiencing increased demand for summer internships from undergraduate and graduate students as well as new graduates who don’t have jobs and want internships as stepping stones. Here are some suggestions for your students on finding last-minute summer internships:

  • Internships.com The site lists 41,400 internships from nearly 20,000 companies available worldwide. Students can benefit from Internship Seeker 2.0, an iPhone app that provides mobile access to thousands of available internship listings on internships.com. Your students can download this FREE app to search internships while on the go. They can search by keyword or location, view detailed descriptions or share listings. New features include the ability to save and manage searches, bookmarks and a student’s internships.com account.
  • LinkedIn:  Students can use their LinkedIn connections to help shorten the search process and quickly obtain summer internships. Once your students find an internship program that interests them, they can do a “people search” and check if a hiring manager or HR staff members of that company are on LinkedIn. The goal is to have a mutual connection with the “insider” of the company, so students can even ask him/her for an introduction to the intern manager rather than having to do the often frustrating and fruitless “cold calling.”
  • Internship Mini-Fair:  If you have time (or have interns working in your office), you may want to hold an informal Internship Mini-Fair for students who have not gotten a summer internship and still want one. You’ll earn points with your students for your efforts and impress potential internship managers, too. Invite local businesses or campus departments to attend, reassuring them that you’ll help them develop an internship program if they don’t have one.
  • Local business or government groups:  The Commonwealth Marketing Office, a Massachusetts state agency, recently launched a website designed to advance the state’s effort to keep college students in Massachusetts after graduation from local colleges. The Mass Stay Here Internship Site is a statewide internship resource highlighting internship opportunities. The Mass Technology Leadership Council and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce are also creating internship sites on the same platform for their member companies, so internships posted to the MassTLC and Boston Chamber sites will appear on the Mass Stay Here Internships site.
  • On campus:  The Daily Princetonian recently reported how student government organizations can support internships.  The USG approved $6,300 for a summer technology intern to work on USG-related projects, including a mobile calendar application and an improved meal exchange site. The summer intern will also work on projects such as improving the DVD rental system and the USG election registration site. The $6,300 will cover summer housing and a $17 hourly salary for the USG intern. Both the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton sponsor summer internships, too.

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