One. That’s the temperature outside as I’m writing this. One degree. The windchill is -17. Right now summer seems like it’s a hundred years away.
But despite the arctic temps outside, if you’re a student now’s the time to start making your plans for a summer internship.
Summer internships give you the time and space to take advantage of the many benefits an internship has to offer. They’re available in just about every area of interest — from science to education to the arts — and they give you the opportunity to earn some valuable real-world experience that can help you decide if you’re on the career path that’s right for you. Simply put, it’s a great way to make the most of your summer by making connections and expanding your knowledge outside of the classroom.
But don’t wait until spring to begin your search; many companies are looking to hire their summer interns now, and deadlines are fast approaching!
The following are just a few of the many online resources available for landing the summer internship of your dreams.
One of the main internship sites out there today, it offers over 100,000 listings from more than 60,000 employers. One cool feature is its “who” button, which lets you see which of your Facebook friends have worked at or used to work at a particular company. It also offers an Internship Predictor tool that can help you narrow down the possibilities.
Internmatch features listings from approximately 30,000 companies. In addition to doing general internship searches, you can also sign up for email notifications whenever a new internship is posted that’s in your area of interest.
Besides being the best place to make professional connections, LinkedIn has basically replaced the old paper resume when it comes to documenting your education, skills, and experience. But did you also know it’s also a great place to find an internship? With an easy-to-use interface, students can search either by location or company.
Glassdoor claims to be “the world's most transparent career community.” That’s because it features an ever-growing database of millions of company reviews, interview questions, office photos and much more. What makes it different than other job- and internship-search sites is that all of this information is shared by employees themselves, giving you an honest look at a particular company.
Other Summer Internship Options…
Features internships, fellowships, and other opportunities available at the EPAs Washington D.C. headquarters, in their 10 regional offices, and at their labs and research centers across the country. Most summer internship opportunities are advertised in March, April and May; some even earlier.
Don’t worry. You won’t have to dress up like Goofy or anything (unless that’s what you’re looking for). Disney offers professional internship opportunities in things like graphic design, sales, creative production, horticulture, and more.
These limited number of 10-week summer experiences encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
If you’re looking to get into software development, you can’t start your career anywhere better. College freshmen and sophomores currently majoring in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, are invited to apply for the 12-week Explore Microsoft program.
If your passion is helping others, the American Red Cross is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn more about the day-to-day work of their organization. They offer 10-week summer programs, paid or unpaid, at their national headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as at more than 500 Red Cross units across the U.S. (Priority Application Submission Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015)