Finding summer internship opportunities can be challenging right now due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place for organizations and the current state of the job market. If you’re a student or recent college graduate looking to gain real-life work experience, consider these tips to help guide you to find an internship you love this summer.
Search globally, nationally, and locally
Since COVID-19 hit, workplace experiences and environments have changed. Working in remote settings has become a new norm for many. Because so many organizations are still remote, this can offer you a wide range of opportunities you otherwise might have not been afforded. A remote internship allows you to be able to work for companies around the globe! Research and apply to different internships on a global and national level as well as locally.
Reach out to others in your network
No matter how big or small your network is, it is always beneficial to reach out and connect with people you know when searching for an opportunity. Getting in touch with your professional connections and friends and family can potentially help you get your foot in the door. Even if you don’t think someone in your network knows of an opportunity for you, it doesn’t hurt to ask. You never know what someone might be able to do for you now or in the future.
Find internships that will improve your skills
One of the main reasons people seek out internships is to gain real-world experience and enhance their skill set before applying to a position post-grad. In order to get the most out of your internship, it is important for you to find one that will help you develop useful skills and experience you will apply later in your career of choice.
Stay alert to new postings
It can be easy to become discouraged if you do not hear back from organizations right away. The good thing about internships is that they are constantly being posted! Being prepared will also allow you to act fast when new internships are presented to you. This is why it is important to stay alert and not give up on finding an internship right away.
Take advantage of your college’s resources
Most colleges have resources for helping students find internships and summer opportunities. Taking advantage of these resources can help put you in the right direction when looking for an internship. Many college career centers stay on top of internship changes due to COVID-19 restrictions so, you can see which ones are still available, either in-person or remote.
In light of the pandemic, we all have been forced to adapt to constantly changing restrictions in the world and work environments. With change comes opportunity, take advantage of remote and hybrid internships right now. And remember to stay positive and open-minded to all possibilities. For more career advice or job search guidance, contact a JOHNLEONARD staffing expert!
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