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Don't Get Spooked by your Internship Search
Transcript of Don't Get Spooked by your Internship Search
Connect With Us
University Career Center
Georgia College Alumni
Where are we located?
132 Lanier Hall
Why is it important to intern?
To stand out
To find a mentor
To learn more about
your career field
Employers want to know what your internship
goals are, so they can evaluate whether can
offer you what you need (and vice versa).
"It's not about who you know, but who knows you"
Faculty & Staff
Coworkers & Supervisors
Allow you to:
Make a genuine connection with a professional
Network & make additional contacts
Get your questions answered
Learn new information about your career field
Learn about new contacts and resources
Don't come straight out and ask for an internship! Employers react better to genuine questions about the field.
Mention "I have the opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit" and go from there.
Approx. 80% of jobs and internships are not advertised?
That's why they call it a
"hidden job market!"
So what can you do?
GC's Career Connection
= Your friend
Nonprofit internship sites
Professional association sites
List of where students have interned before
List of GC contracts
People are your #1 internship search resource!
How do I even
Try it before you commit to it
Apply classroom knowledge to "real world" eperiences
My name is Bobby Bobcat. I'm a senior Community Health major at Georgia College. I'm very interested in Thunder Community Services' mission to educate the community. I have the opportunity to complete an internship this summer for academic credit. I would very much like to discuss the possibility of an internship with Thunder Community Services' health department. Who is the best person for me to talk to?
Colleges and universities
Types of sites
(Did I mention that our interns are awesome? They are.)
Georgia College Career Center
They really work!
Build your network
Know what makes you stand out
up a notch
What if I don't find an internship?
What's so scary about that?
What if they don't consider me?
What if I mess up the interview?
What if my application is lost in the shuffle?
What if I don't find something that pays?
How do I find internships that aren't even advertised?
I don't know anyone to network with!
I don't know how to network!
They want experience,
and I don't have any!
Think about who you could talk to easily about your search
Talk to your professors and mentors about your search for advice
Create a LinkedIn profile (and use it...)
Format your profile like a resume
Get recommendations from your contacts
Join groups related to your interests
Collect business cards (and use them....)
Tip! Write a note on the back of a person's business card that will help you remember the context and the conversation you had.
When you follow-up, you can include a personalized message building on your last conversation.
Optional: include a 'Profile' section with
skills and qualifications
Tailor your resume to each internship
Include related experience and academic projects
Highlight your academic, campus, and community involvements
Don't forget computer skills!
Branding- How do I do it?
"Three little words" <---- highlight 3 qualifications or qualities that will help set you apart from other candidates
Keep it classy
Make sure your resume style and colors don't distract from its content
Brand yourself with
Do NOT include a photo on your resume
Research application deadlines in advance
Tailor each application to how you're a good fit for
Address your cover letter to a specific person
Be polite and persistent when you follow-up
Applying for internships can be scary.
Point out how you're a good fit for the internship
Includes company culture, internship responsibilities, and your career goals
"Tell me about yourself" Focus on your qualifications and why
Practice behavioral interviewing questions
Dress the part (you may ask the hiring manager in advance)
Follow up with a thank you
you want the internship
You don't have to be a wizard to ace the interview.
Are you good at...
Raising money $
Innovating new ideas
Working with technology
Using social media for marketing & outreach
Working on teams
Listening to people
Adapting to new situations
Governor's Intern Program
Coolworks (Jobs in cool places)