1. Confirm your basics – contact your career counselor for guidance
- Identify your skills, strengths, interests and values.
- Identify the skills you need to develop for your career objectives (i.e, writing, developing, researching, analyzing, communicating, problem solving, calculating).
- Determine internships which will contribute to this skill development.
- Create or update your resume. Focus on impact & influence!
- Ensure your social media profile(s) are appropriate for employer viewing
2. Register with Pioneer Network and prepare your tools
- Upload your resume AFTER Career Counselor approval, understand how to write a cover letter, confirm at least 3 references (for full-time applications)
- Search job postings for internships that might be a fit.
- Take note of announcements: employers visiting for information sessions, on-campus recruitment, and employer spotlights.
- Review Pioneer Network for a list of organizations that have a relationship with SHU.
3. Expand your search
- Identify your top organizations and develop a system to track your contacts and interactions.
- Identify SHU alumni, friends, family, and social contacts who might be able to give you advice or connect you to someone affiliated with your target list of organizations.
- Request information interviews – meetings over the phone or in person where you can ask for advice or suggestions regarding your internship search. Always follow-up with a thank you note and promise to keep them posted on the progress of your search.
4. Utilize the Internet
- LinkedIn: Find at least 50 connections. Establish contacts, search for SHU alum, follow your top employers and apply to internships.
- Glassdoor: Find internship postings, salary information, company reviews.
- Search other websites to find opportunities: com, Indeed, WayUp, Youtern, Idealist, The Muse, Simply Hired, CareerBuilder, NACElink Network Jobs, TeamWorkOnline.
- Make sure when applying through these sites, you are ALSO applying through “Careers” tab on the company website
5. Prepare for Interviews and Interactions
- Develop a 30 to 60 second speech for short encounters with employers.
- Conduct research on the company and the type of internship opportunities.
- Develop a list of insightful questions for the interviewer.
- Contact a career coach for mock interviews, help preparing for an interview, or help in evaluating your internship search process.