By Varuna Rampersad-Singh, Peer Advisor

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many of you may be getting restless,—- did you think this was a post to help you with your love life? Unfortunately for some, it is not. For others, today is your lucky day and you’re going to learn how to find your one and only internship.

With the spring semester just beginning, summer may be the last thing on your mind. However, in the world of internships, now is the time to start looking and applying in order to land the best one for the summer.

How do you land the best internship?

First, you should figure out what you are looking for in an internship. Do you want something in your area of study or are you trying to widen your horizons? Are you looking to get paid or is a great experience payment enough?

Check out Handshake, LinkedIn, Glassdoor or other websites where employers have their job postings. This can help you get a feel for what types of internships are out there. Select a few that you would like to apply for and pay attention to what they are looking for in an intern.

Reach out to employers or the Human Resources department asking for more information about the internship. When you apply, it won’t be the first time they are seeing your name which will be a nice advantage to have.

Come in to Toppel to have your resume and cover letter looked over. If you bring some information about the internships you are applying for, we can help tailor your documents to the specific internships.

If you land an interview, do a practice interview with one of our peer advisors to help you get a feel for the interview process and hopefully get rid of some of your nerves. Send a thank you email or letter after an interview.

Even if you don’t get the position, send a thank you so they will remember you if you decide to apply again next year. You probably applied to more than one internship and if all goes well, you’ll land the others.

Then you’ll be ready to check out our event “How to Rock Your Summer Internship” on April 11th at 6:30pm (more details on Handshake).

Good Luck Canes!