The internship search is not just about finding an opening and submitting a resume. There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting the job. Below are tips for a strategic search:
Know What Defines An Internship
YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNSHIP TO
Gain related work experience and improved job skills
Earn academic units toward your degree while working
In some cases, earn money while learning
Make important networking contacts
Increase employment opportunities after graduation
TO FIND AN INTERNSHIP CONTACT
Vanguard University Career Services
Your department professors
Vanguard Alumni through the Alumni Relations Department
A company’s Human Resources Department
A company’s web site
Know Who You Are
Choosing a career calls for careful self-reflection and analysis of your values, interests, and expertise—in order to determine what type of job you want, what you can do, where you would like to do it, and what alternative choices might be. The following aspects serve as a guide to self-analysis.
Narrow down to specific industries, functions, job titles, and companies. Use the resources below to explore occupational overviews, labor market projections, salary ranges, professional associations, education or training required, the nature of the work, and ways to expand your knowledge.
Networking is the ongoing process of connecting with others to build mutually beneficial professional and personal relationships. Developing this skill is essential for current students and an important aspect throughout an individual’s career pursuits and personal endeavors.
Resumes and cover letters are marketing tools with the primary focuses to land you an interview. Using your knowledge of the companies and inside contacts, you can write tailored resumes and cover letters. These documents allow you to demonstrate the unique skills and qualifications you could bring to the company and position. It is important to write a specific and tailored documents for each position.