How to Find the Perfect Spring Internship
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.
At Delaware Valley University, we believe the best way to prepare students for a career and life after college is through hands-on experience. We encourage students to obtain internships so they can try out professional positions and get involved with companies they’re interested in having a career with in the future.
We know that it can be nerve-racking looking for an internship, but DelVal provides students with many tools and resources to make the process easier.
These tips will help you find the perfect spring internship so you can learn about the industry you want to break into and get the experience necessary to land a job in the future.
The Center for Student Professional Development
The Center for Student Professional Development helps students find a job or internship that’s right for them. This center helps students with career development and exploration, résumés and cover letters, job and internship searches and interviews.
The center provides students with numerous resources to learn about companies and look for internships and jobs, including general job search links, major specific resources and ReferenceUSA.
Click here to browse The Center for Student Professional Development’s webpage.
ExperienceLink is a helpful tool DelVal has created. It’s an online career management program where students can create their own profiles, upload résumés, research companies, and apply to part-time and full-time jobs and internships.
Click here to check out ExperienceLink and sign in using your DelVal account
Internship and Career Fairs
DelVal hosts several internship and career fairs over the course of the school year with various companies looking for new employees. This is a great opportunity to pass out your résumé and get your name out to different employers. It’s also beneficial for you to explore these companies to find out what they have to offer and if you’re interested in working for them.
LinkedIn is also a great tool to use when looking for a spring internship. LinkedIn has a Jobs tab that allows you to search for internships based on industry and location so you can choose exactly what you’re looking for.
This tool also makes it easy to check out company pages and even connect or send messages to employers. You can also apply for your internship right from the network.
Pursue What You’re Interested In
If there are companies you’ve been following and you’d like to intern with, visit their websites and social media channels. Many companies have pages dedicated to available positions, including internships, and if they’re looking for employees and interns, they’ll probably advertise on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
In the event that you don’t find that a company is hiring, you may want to contact someone who works there. You can typically reach out to employers through LinkedIn or find email addresses on the company’s webpage. Let them know about your interest in the company and what you have to offer as an intern.
Utilize these tips and you’ll be sure to find the perfect spring internship to prepare for your future career. If you’re lucky, this internship could turn into a full-time position, so make sure you use all of your resources to find one that you'll really enjoy.