The Early Bird Catches the…Summer Internship

Summer is still a long way off…right? You still have an entire semester to get through before summer vacation takes hold and frees you from academic responsibilities. But, believe it or not, it’s not too early to start thinking about staying ahead of the summer internship planning curve – and winter break is the perfect time to get started. Here are a couple ways that you can start preparing for the upcoming summer to land the perfect internship.

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Do Your Research

The more information you can gather, the better. The key to landing any summer internship is to simply be informed. Take some time over winter break between holiday celebrations and seeing old friends to compile a list of potential options. Know the deadlines associated with each, and plan ahead so that you can submit all of the application materials on time.

Use the free time you have over winter break to organize yourself and formulate a plan of action for the upcoming semester. You’ll have to juggle your classes and your applications, so managing your time efficiently will be very crucial.

Start Networking

Start poking around on LinkedIn and in your own personal network to see if there are any individuals you can reach out to and schedule an informational interview – even better if it’s a company that you are interested in interning for. There’s no better way to narrow your search than to actually speak to someone face-to-face.

For any professional meeting, as always, prepare yourself accordingly by doing research and coming up with questions. Be mindful that the person you are meeting with is taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you.

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Refine Your Resume

Sign up for networking events and resume workshops for the spring semester to step up your job search game. Attending events like these not only provide networking opportunities, but will also give you a chance to polish your resume and make sure that you are confident when applying to internships.

Make an Appointment with Your Academic Advisor

After you return to school after winter break, make sure to make an appointment with your academic advisor as soon as possible. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss your findings from the work you completed over winter break. Discussing your progress and envisioned next steps with your advisor will give you the opportunity to grow from any constructive criticism or helpful insight they may relay to you.

What do you think? Let us know of any additional tips to stay ahead of the summer planning curve in the comments section!

About the Author

Elizabeth is a Volunteer for FindSpark. She's also a recent graduate from Elon University and is currently Traffic Coordinator at The Hobart Group. Follow her on twitter @LizKube and connect with her on LinkedIn.

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