Written by Doreen Dilger, The Home Based Business Coach
The hardest thing about an internship opportunity is finding it. But, with these tips you’ll find plenty of opportunities that you can apply for. Remember to send in your best resume, follow their instructions to the letter and then follow through on what you say you’ll do.
1. LinkedIn – Fill out your completed profile on LinkedIn and let people know that you’re open to internship opportunities in certain fields. Include your resume, examples of your work, and a video introduction that explains exactly what you want in an intern opportunity.
2. Online Communities – Join online communities that consist of the type of businesses that you want to work with. Talk to and make connections with people answering questions, offering help and so forth. Use your profile and signature to let people know you want an internship. If you’ve been part of the community a long time, create a post asking for an internship opportunity.
3. Professional Organizations – Find the professional organizations within your industry and join them. They will often list intern opportunities and if they have a message board for members you can inquire.
4. Colleges and Universities – Any college you have graduated from will help you locate internships if you go to their career offices and ask them about them. Sometimes they will help people who did not graduate there. Just call any local college or university and ask.
5. Intern Websites – Websites like Intern Match work to match you to an internship program that you want within your field. Join and fill out a profile and then start finding matches.
Link - https://www.internmatch.com/
6. Write the Company Directly – If you know what company you want to work with, send them a letter asking them about internship opportunities. Send them your portfolio if applicable, give them your LinkedIn information and explain in a cover letter why you will make a great intern in the department you desire.
7. USAJOBS.gov – Believe it or not, they don’t just list jobs on this website; they also list intern opportunities for college students. When you join you’ll need to fill out a profile and state which types of positions you’re willing to take.
8. Search Google – If you are looking for a particular type of internship opportunity, it’s important to leave no stone unturned. Do a Google search using the job title you want, and the word internship in the search.
Finding great internship opportunities might be right under your nose. If you are part of any group or organization, they may offer just what you need. You can also let everyone you know in on the fact that you want an internship in a certain area, and due to the power of social media you may get connected with someone who can offer the right connections.
About the Author: Doreen Dilger is a Certified Manifest Method Coach, Certified Life Coach, Author and Founder of Women Empowering Women Now.