Identify Your Target/Goal
Do your research to target your search. You can save yourself a lot of headaches down the line by devoting time to answering the following questions prior to beginning your search:
What career field(s) or position(s) are you interested in exploring this upcoming summer?
What do you already know about the field(s) or position(s) you are interested in, and what do you need to learn?
What sort of environment would you like work in?
Where do you want to be geographically during your internship?
What is the timeline/deadline for applying for internships in your field of interest? *Remember, some industries and competitive internship programs start recruiting summer interns during the fall semester.
How can you leverage Lawrence’s network to find jobs and internships?
How much money do you need to support yourself over the summer? Do you need to look for paid opportunities?
Leveraging the Lawrence Network
If you’re not leveraging the Lawrence network in your search, you’re missing out! Set up an appointment with a Career Advisor to discuss your individualized job search strategy, and how you can best leverage Lawrence’s alumni network through Viking Connect. (When scheduling an appointment, start be selecting your career community from the appointment categories; if you have not joined a career community, select "General Advice & Getting Started.")
As the most common way to look for an internship is online, Handshake is Lawrence’s premium platform for jobs, internships, on-campus interviews, and events tailored to your career interests. Handshake also offers two special features aimed at internships: Reviews, for information from former interns about their internship experiences, and interviews, for special insights about an internship’s interview process.
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