So you didn’t manage to get a summer internship yet. Don’t blame you tbh. Looking for an internship can be a full-time job in itself. And you had exams and whatnot, right? That’s okay, we’re all friends here.
But what if I told you that there was a way to still get a summer internship at this late stage in the game? If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it? Or just let it slip? Cancel the holiday, because it’s getting real. Here are few ways you can still swing a great internship.
Time to give up the ‘Someday, my prince will come’ style of looking for internships. Trust me when I say that everything even slightly popular is gone at this point. And an ideal internship isn’t now going to tap you on the shoulder and say ‘ta-da!’. So don’t limit yourself to something specific, stretch over to similar industries and places that will give you the skills to get where you want to go.
Go with who you know
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you don’t have an internship at this point, you’re not only allowed to start asking all your connections, you’re encouraged. Whoever it is – your lecturers, your friends, your parents’ friends – they’re bound to know someone whose office could use a little extra help over the summer.
Make speculative applications
It’s really not as it tragic as it sounds. Asking companies if they have a position for you even when they haven’t advertised is a good thing. It shows you’re hungry, you have initiative and you’ve done your research. How do you do it? Don’t send general letters – they’ll almost certainly be ignored. Find out who the most relevant person for you is (usually someone senior in the department or a recruiter) and send them a message. Remember, you have to tell them how you can help them, not vice versa.
Hit the right websites
You’ve gotta be a super sleuth to get that prize summer internship now – search hard and search smart. Use special search terms to whittle your results down to the gems and check industry specific sites like Mediargh (journalism/media/marketing) and Fashion Workie (fashion). The pickings might be slimmer but there’s more chance of a good spot. Order your search by most recent too, if you want to find positions that are less likely to have been filled.
Sigh. How I feel about LinkedIn is well-documented. But for the LinkedIn amateurs among you out there, it can be a useful tool indeed. From connecting you with potential employers to telling you how your fellow university alumni have fared, it’s a goldmine of potential connections. Aside from all that, companies post last-minute internship opportunities on there frequently. Get cracking.
Don’t get an internship at all
You know what? Nah. Maybe you shouldn’t get an internship at all. I’m not saying you should give up. But I am saying that no getting a summer internship isn’t the end of the world. You can still use that time to learn valuable skills, whether that’s through a part-time job or an online learning resource like Udemy. Get to work, and don’t let your lack of internship define you.