By Lisette Avila
Loyola University Packback Brand Ambassador
Internships are a great way for college students to get their foot in the door and hopefully figure out what kind of job they want after graduation. If you’re not sure whether you picked the right major, an internship is a good learning strategy to see what exactly it is that you want out of your future career. But how does one land the internship of their dreams? Here are a few tips to turn your dream into a reality!
First start by updating your resume. If you don’t have prior work experience, it’s a good idea to include relevant coursework in your resume. For example, if you are a marketing major, including class projects where you created a marketing strategy for a company or conducted a market research survey can help you stand out from other students applying for the same internship. It shows your future employer that you have prior knowledge and are passionate about the position you are applying for as it applies to your major.
Another good internship practice is to create and/or update your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for business professionals. This can also help you get noticed based on the work experience and skills you list on your profile. Many job recruiters turn to LinkedIn to find the perfect candidate. It is also a great way to keep in touch with business professionals or past professors you have had. Speaking of professors, they are also a great resource for internship knowledge. Many professors love hearing about students’ future career plans and are more often than not happy to review a resume or write a letter of recommendation if needed.
Building off having a strong LinkedIn profile and keeping in touch with professors, networking is extremely important. Going to career fairs at your school are a great way to meet future employers. It may seem like a lot of effort to have to get dressed up and print multiple copies of your resume, but it is definitely worth it! People will give you their business cards and it is important to keep them and connect with those people on LinkedIn because it shows you have initiative and are motivated to land the internship you really want and maybe even a full time job.
Once you’re in the part of your college career where internships are an essential part of getting a full time job, it may make you very nervous to embark on this next chapter of your life. It is important to be confident when interviewing for an internship and to have a strong argument for why you are a worthy candidate, so just relax and be yourself!
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