3 Non-conventional Ways To Finding Internships

Most colleges have career centers and websites that can help you find an internship.  Career centers have a wealth of information and many counselors that can be very helpful in helping you find resources and potential internships.  There are, however, other ways that internships may turn up.  Read on to find ways that don’t require going through a career center to get an internship.

Family & Friends

A great way to find an internship is through family and friends.  The age-old adage, “It’s about who you know,” is highly applicable here.  You’d be surprised at how many different career paths your friends and family members have taken and some of them might be something what you’re interested in pursuing.  Even better, your friends and family may have some pull with the company they work at so that may help your chances in landing an internship.  Even if you don’t want to work in the same department as your connection, it’s possible that they may know people in other departments and can help put in a good word for you.

Reach out to companies

Sometimes, a company that you’re interested in working for may not advertise that they need interns.  If you know you really want to work in a particular field, reach out to those companies.  Because most companies now have websites with easy to access contact information, you can be proactive and send an email directly the company asking if they might need any help.  Some companies may be impressed with your initiative and that’s always a good trait to show any potential employee.

When you email the company, be sure to explicitly state what kind of a position you’re looking for, what department you might want to work in, and don’t forget to attach your resume and thank them for their time.  I recently reached out to an agency that I had an interest in and the turnaround for an interview was very quick despite them not advertising any sort of intern help needed.  There is never any harm in asking if extra help or an intern is needed around the company and sometimes, a company might even cherish the idea of an extra mind and set of hands.

Ask Your Professors

Most professors won’t tell the class that they want an intern, mostly because of the sheer number of responses they might receive.   If you have a professor whose class was particularly compelling to you or you might want to work in their field later on, ask them if they might take on an intern.  Most science professors are usually doing research when they’re not teaching and some of their research may require running lab tests or printing lab results.  It’s work that they can pass on to a potential intern.  Like I said, the professor might not mention this to the class so it’s up to you to take initiative and ask for yourself.

Submit Your Resume to a Resume Book

Most career centers have things called “resume books” that are basically hundreds of student resumes compiled into one single source.  Some universities even have online resume books.  What a resume book does is put resumes that have similar goals all in one place so that employers can search through the book and find potential candidates for internships.

For example, I’m interested in pursuing an internship in social media and advertising.  I submitted my resume to a resume book that advertising employers will look at.  It’s sort of a grab bag approach because you never know who might be looking at your resume but it also helps to get your skill set out there and might reward you with a surprising internship.

Google, Google, Google

When it comes to finding internships, Google.com will become your best friend.  You might not even know the name of a company that is in the field you’re interested in working in but a simple search on Google might help you find some potential companies to work for.  Additionally, doing a few search engine searches can help you narrow down your field of interest or more accurately describe what kind of work you’re looking for.

Because the Internet has so much information, it can be hard to figure out just exactly what words will get you the right search results, but with a little tweaking and word readjustment, you’ll be well on your way to finding those company names and internships.

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Clara Ma

Clara Ma

Clara is a third year student attending the University of California, Berkeley currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Media Studies. Her school activities include being a captain on the Cal Dance Team, being a Campus Ambassador, as well as being part of THRIVE Dance Company. She enjoys living vicariously through others on the Internet, keeping up with pop culture on Tumblr, and watching a copious number of television shows (namely Sherlock and How I Met Your Mother).