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Internships for College Students: Where to Start

10 March 2015 By Emily Hohf

InternshipsThese days, taking college courses isn’t enough to enable you to hop right into your dream job and live happily ever after. Almost every single industry and company now look for “experience” as well as a solid education. Experience encompasses previous job, volunteering, private projects, and yes, internships. An internship can also be a foot in the door of a specific company you want to join or are thinking about joining. It’s a great way to learn about company structure and operations so that you are more competitive to move into a higher position.

In essence, an internship is a Launchpad for your future career. The hardest part is in finding the appropriate Launchpad. There are so many internship opportunities on a local, national, or international scale that the sheer thought of finding the “right” one and securing it can be dizzying. Where do you start?

First things first: Refresh your resume. You might think, “But I don’t know which internships I’m applying for yet!” That’s okay. The point of refreshing your resume is to make a strong foundation. What are your strengths? What kind of internship fits you and your goals? This will be important to keep in mind so that you can truly weed out the internships that you might be less likely to get or enjoy. It saves you time that you can dedicate to the internships that really matter. And once a basic resume is perfected, it’ll take less time to tailor it to specific opportunities.

It’s also beneficial to remember that, as a college student, you have a support system in place through the administration. At Pioneer Pacific College, you will find guidance on internships and the job market through a Professional Development Course. The course teaches you valuable skills such as dressing for success, networking, internet job and internship search techniques, interview tips, setting goals, and even perfecting that resume you started!

Even after you graduate, you’re not alone. The career services department at Pioneer Pacific College can offer you placement assistance. Whatever support you need during the search, PPC will be there.  You can talk to advisors about past interviews, revising your goals, and obtaining new leads.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of your network; you never know where an opportunity might appear.  Sending out correspondence to catch up or inquire after how someone in your field got started is the equivalent of casting a net out into the sea.  You might catch nothing, a few small leads, or a huge lead that pays off.  You don’t know until you try.

Conclusion:

When you’re ready to dive into a job or internship, start building a successful resume.  With the skills you’ve development through the preparatory courses at Pioneer Pacific, you’re that much closer to your Launchpad internship or dream job.  And then all that’s left is making a good impression and rocking that opportunity!

 

 

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