Q. Our Career Center still has students who want internships this summer, but we don’t have enough available. What can we do?

May 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Posted in career center, Finding internships | Leave a comment
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by the Intern Coach

A. You’re not alone—many Career Centers nationwide are experiencing increased demand from both undergraduate and graduate students. More students than ever before recognize the importance of multiple internships starting in the summer of their freshmen year, driving up the number of requests. Since summer jobs may be hard to find in this recessionary period, more students are seeking internships as an alternative. Recent graduates who don’t have jobs also want internships. Suggest that your students do some independent research to locate internships:

  • Internships.com was created to fill this growing need. Refer your students to the site to explore the nearly 20,000 internships available. New entries come in every day, so ask your students to check the site daily until they find internships that interest them.
  • The newest tool for finding internships is Internship Seeker, 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.
  • Students can use their LinkedIn connections to help get 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. 
  • 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, ensuring them that you’ll help them develop an internship program if they don’t have one.
  • Instead of developing internships one by one, try working with a local business group, such as the Chamber of Commerce. For example, the Jones County Junior College and the Laurel Main Street Association partnered to create internships with downtown businesses in Laurel, Mississippi. The college, located 11 miles from downtown, benefits from new internships for its students and downtown businesses expect to enjoy a boost in business.  

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