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Don't Get Spooked by your Internship Search

Halloween Internship Search workshop
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Michelle Berg

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of Don't Get Spooked by your Internship Search

Michelle Berg
Internship Coordinator
Connect With Us
University Career Center
GCCareerCenter
Michelle.berg@gcsu.edu
LinkedIn.com/michellelynnberg
Georgia College Alumni
www.gcsu.edu/career
Where are we located?
132 Lanier Hall
(478) 445-5384
Get experience
Why is it important to intern?
To stand out
Meet people
To find a mentor
To learn more about
your career field
Goals
Employers want to know what your internship
goals are, so they can evaluate whether can
offer you what you need (and vice versa).
Networking
Interview
Application
Resources
"It's not about who you know, but who knows you"
Friends
Family
Faculty & Staff
Students
Alumni
Professional Associations
Coworkers & Supervisors
Community Leaders
Informational
Interviews
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
The Key
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.
www.gcsu.edu
Career Connection
Workshops
Individual Appointments
Career Fairs
Intern Ready
Certificate program
Did you
know...
Approx. 80% of jobs and internships are not advertised?
That's why they call it a
"hidden job market!"
So what can you do?
www.gcsu.edu.career
GC's Career Connection
www.internships.com
= Your friend
www.idealist.org
Nonprofit internship sites
Federal internships:
www.studentjobs.gov
www.makingthedifference.org
Also check:
Organization sites
Business/services listings
Professional association sites
Internet searches
Social media
List of where students have interned before
List of GC contracts
Questions?
Group
Individual
Academic credit!
Online Resources
University
Career Center
People are your #1 internship search resource!
How do I even

employers?
Phone
In person
Career fair
Try it before you commit to it
Apply classroom knowledge to "real world" eperiences
approach
Email
Hello!
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?
Social media
Internship
Search

Large corporations
Colleges and universities
Government agencies
Nonprofit organizations
Types of sites
Employer Visits
Backpack-to-
Briefcase
People
Focus 2
www.gcsu.edu/career/focus2.htm
(Did I mention that our interns are awesome? They are.)
by your
Michelle Berg
Georgia College Career Center

They really work!
Networking
Process
Resume
Application
Phone
Skype
Have purpose
Set goals
Start early
Build your network
Be strategic
Know what makes you stand out
Kick it
up a notch
Small businesses
Don't Get
Spooked
What if I don't find an internship?
Internship Searching...
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!
TIPS:
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.
Specific objective
Optional: include a 'Profile' section with
specific
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!
TIPS:
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
words
rather than
c
o
l
o
r
s
or images
Do NOT include a photo on your resume
Tips:
Research application deadlines in advance
Tailor each application to how you're a good fit for
THEIR
internship
Address your cover letter to a specific person
Be polite and persistent when you follow-up
Applying for internships can be scary.
Tips:
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...
Problem-solving
Giving presentations
Raising money $
Innovating new ideas
Working with technology
Using social media for marketing & outreach
Leading people
Working on teams
Listening to people
Resolving conflict
Meeting goals
Time management
Adapting to new situations
Governor's Intern Program
www.gov.georgia.gov
Coolworks (Jobs in cool places)
www.coolworks,com
Intern Abroad
www.goabroad.com/intern-abroad
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