How to Use Meetups to Find an Internship

Meetup is graciously hosting NY Creative Interns Meetup #2: The Failure Method (RSVP here!) at their NYC headquarters. In honor of their sponsorship, continue on to find out how to snag a sweet internship through Meetup. NY Creative Interns Meetup has already landed several internship hopefuls cool internship positions. You can be next!

What is Meetup?

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.

Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.

Find Meetups Relevant to Your Career Interests

Whatever career you are interested in pursuing, there is a meetup for you! Internet Geek? Try the New York Viral Media Meetup. Want to get into the museum business? How about New York Museum and Gallery Meetup Group. Aspiring writer? Check out The Publishing Point. There are also more generic groups like business and female networking. Don’t narrow your search to groups that specifically say “networking” either. If you’re interested in the arts or photography, find one of the many drawing circles or “shutter bug” groups.

Some meetups are big!

Some meetups are small!

Your Meetup Profile – A Resume in Fun Form

Ever heard the advice, make sure you put “interests” as a category on your resume so people know that you are a normal person outside of work? Think of your Meetup profile as the “interests” section of your resume. Here you have a chance to show some personality, but always remain professional! Never miss out on a chance to link to your personal website, LinkedIn, or portfolio either.

Stalk Meetup Members (I mean, “Do Research”)

Meetup is great because you can checkout profiles of people attending specific meetups. Take sometime to see who is going to the next meetup. Maybe it turns out someone from Vice Magazine will be at the drawing circle you’re hitting up, or the founder of a record label will be at the NY Classical Music Meetup. Take full advantage of Meetup by scoping out some potential new contacts before you even step foot in the room.

Use Your Internship Goal as a Conversation Starter

If you’re looking as a way to start a conversation, why not introduce yourself by letting people know that you’re here to meet cool people in your future field and find out about potential internship opportunities. Ask people lots of questions about what they do!

Follow Up!

When you meet people at an event, it is super important you follow up right away. After meetups, consider shooting them a quick email and a message through the meetup group as well. Also be sure to leave a review on the meetup page. Click here for more tips on follow up.

Emily Miethner is Founder and President of NYCi. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts with a concentration in Design and currently works for Sterling Publishing as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator. Check out her blog, covering social media events and interviews with cool folks, twitter, and tumblr. Cheers!

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About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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