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How to find the college internship of your dreams

Interviewing and networking

The internship hunt begins with networking and interviewing

You’ve been studying hard, working your way toward that golden diploma at the end of tunnel. Perhaps you already have a career path in sight. Or maybe not. Either way, it’s never too early to start thinking about putting the wheels in motion toward your first big job. But how do you do that? One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to get an internship. Internships offer you the unique opportunity to not only get some work experience under your belt in your chosen field, they’re also a great way to get real references from those you’re working with; which, as you know, could help you land your first big job! Read more

Why to consider an on campus job or internship…and which ones to snatch up!

On campus jobWhether or not to work during college is a tough decision for a university student to make. On one hand, it would be great to have some extra spending cash. On the other hand, a part-time job might eat into your study time, take away your relaxation on weekends and erase your social life. Fear not! An on campus job doesn’t have to turn into a career — and there are some great ones out there that offer stellar hours and fair pay. Need a student internship? That counts as working, too. So, read on to see how holding a job can help you during and after your university years — and don’t forget to take a peek at some of the best jobs and internships out there! Read more

How to lose your internship in 10 easy steps

(p.s. — Don’t do these things!)

So, you’ve finally secured your dream internship. You may think it’s smooth sailing from here on out, but internships call for a lot of hard work and dedication. You could easily lose your internship if you’re not careful. Steer clear of these 10 simple mistakes, and you’ll walk away with a rewarding internship experience.

  1. Arrive late everyday: Yep. Being the last one in the office every morning is a good idea if you really hate the place and want to get canned. Otherwise, invest in a Clocky Alarm Clock on wheels and get to work on time.
  2. Dress like you’re in last night’s party clothes: If the office you’re working in is business casual, please don’t go in dressing like you’ve spent the night drinking martinis, passed out on the floor fully dressed, and walked into work wearing the same outfit. Be professional. Take a hint from Virginia Tech’s Career Service department on how to dress business casual. Read more

How to find internships and summer jobs that offer experience in your field of study

Job fair

Job fair by Flickr USDAgov

Gaining useful experience through internships and summer jobs is an important part of preparing yourself for the workforce after college. If you’re at a loss for where to start, check out these tips to help begin your job search.

Where to begin

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your future career, and as Alexandra Kent writes in her March 25, 2012 article “Students face choice between internships, jobs” for the Central Florida Future, “An internship can even give a leg-up in the company that a student would like to work full-time in the future.” Read more