Over the past few weeks I’ve seen many flustered students come into my office for career advising wanting to know “Is it too late to get a summer internship?” The answer to this question is that it is definitely not too late to get an internship, and after mentioning this I tend to hear a sigh of relief!
It is important to understand that every career industry has a different recruiting timeline. For example many internship opportunities in finance and accounting are recruited for early in the fall semester. But even if you miss particular opportunities in whatever industry you’re seeking, there’s still always time to look for additional opportunities or even to create your own internship.
As you start thinking about a summer internship, consider the following:
- What are your reasons for wanting an internship?
Are you looking to gain valuable work experience and knowledge? Are you hoping to explore a particular industry that you’re interested in?
- Define your current skill set
What skills would you like to develop or strengthen? What are you hoping to achieve during this internship?
Once you’ve given some thought to these questions, I would encourage you to set up an appointment with an advisor in Career Services to talk further about your interest and to brainstorm some possible resources.
A few places that you can begin to look for internships are:
- SpiderConnect Opportunities, under the opportunities tab
- Career 15, under the opportunities tab of SpiderConnect
- UCAN, under the opportunities tab of SpiderConnect
When meeting with a career advisor you can learn about even more resources out there that are specific towards your interests.
This information should be a good starting point, but have I left you wanting to know more about applying to internships? Are you intrigued about the opportunity to create your own internship? Want to learn about campus resources for funding?
If so, Career Services is hosting “The Internship Workshop” next Monday, November 12th at 5:00pm in the Tyler Hanes Commons, room 305. You can register today via SpiderConnect, go to the “Events” tab, then select “Programs & Workshops”.
We look forward to seeing you there to learn about getting, or creating, the internship of your dreams!