One of the most frequent questions that students are asking at The Career Center is “is it too late to apply for a summer internship?” The answer is “no, it’s not too late.” Truth be told, though, it is crunch time. To be successful in finding a quality internship, you will need to plan at least 4-6 months in advance of when you hope to begin interning. Yes, I can do math and this only leaves you with less than 3 months to prepare. However, the majority of college students are notorious for waiting until spring break to apply. It is very difficult to manage classes, midterms, clubs, jobs, and a social life while applying for internships. So if you want to beat the rush, don’t procrastinate and start now. The process can be overwhelming. To help you out, I have broken it down for you in a few manageable steps:
1) Decide what type of internship you would like. You can choose by major (i.e. I want to internship in journalism) or by industry (i.e. I want an internship focusing on sustainability). You can even narrow it down by type of employer (i.e. I want to intern with a political candidate on a campaign). If you need help brainstorming, take a look at our resource called “What Can I Do With This Major?” It is important to be open minded, however, searching for an internship without a focus is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
2) Prepare your resume and cover letter. Whether you have a connection through your network, you meet an employer at event, you are attending a career fair, or you are applying online, you will always need a resume. If you don’t have one, use our career planning handbook on our website to draft one and have it critiqued during our quick question hours.
3) Schedule a mock interview at The Career Center. You can have the best resume in the world but it comes down to the interview as to whether you beat out the competition or not. Our counselors offer individual feedback to help you practice and prepare during our mock interviews. Schedule one by calling the office at 463-6060.
4) Search and apply. There are many ways to go about applying to internships. I am only going to mention two here. First, log onto Pride CMS (our online job/internship database specifically for Hofstra students). Secondly, search on Internships.com, accessed through Blackboard. Third, attend our Spring Career Fair on April 2nd.
5) Don’t do it alone. Schedule an appointment with The Career Center so we can support you through the process. Let us tailor our resources and program recommendations to you.
That’s it! Follow these five steps by tackling one and moving on to the next. It is that simple once you get started. Good luck!