Sunday, March 13, 2011

Summer Internships

College juniors planning on an internship this summer should definitely submit applications as soon as possible.  A good friend of mine has been applying for internships in advertising and public relations and has been told that all internship openings have already been filled. If you find yourself in this situation, don't despair.  Some thoughts: 
  • Find out if you can be added to the waiting list. Occasionally some students will accept an internship, but then pull out later, leaving an opening. 
  • Consider seeking internships at smaller firms. Fortune 500 companies are likely to get more applications from students at many colleges, creating a more competitive environment.  Smaller firms may offer a great opportunity and as well as fewer students vying for open internships.
  • Get the inside edge.  Rather than going through human resources, leverage any contacts you may have inside the company to help get your resume to the manager who is directly seeking an intern.
Best of luck and I hope you land the internship you're seeking!

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