May 20, 2016

Internship search: A job in itself

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Finals are over.  Late night studying and projects/papers are behind you. You have had a few weeks to relax and catch up with friends and family. Then, enter complete panic mode when you realize you are still looking for a summer internship and some of your classmates have already started one! Relax. There is still time to find an internship, however the search must be taken seriously.

Map out a routine. For instance, every morning spend one to two hours emailing potential contacts on LinkedIn. Ask an alum that you met at an event this past year if they have time to grab coffee or lunch - your treat.  Another option is to reconnect with your undergraduate classmates and contacts. Networking is key to learning about potential jobs and maximizing your network.

Create a “Targeted Company List.” Determine which companies interest you most by industry. Find contacts at those companies and reach out requesting an informational conversation. Begin researching the company culture. This targeted company list will be your internship search blueprint and it will assist you in your job search in the fall.

Check CareerLink, LinkedIn, and other job posting sites for an hour. Set a goal. Determine how many internships to apply to each day such as five postings a day. Remember tailoring your resume and cover letter to each role is key. Be flexible. If you are having trouble finding something in a particular city then look in surrounding cities or a different state. It will be worth it to relocate for just two or three months to gain industry experience.

Explore the CMO resources on the Intranet including campus resources, job portals, industry resources and salary information.
  • MBA Focus (soon to be GradLeaders); this network lists job postings specifically for MBA students and is updated regularly.
  • Careershift, located on CareerLink under the Jobs link, which is called CareerShift. This is another resource that pulls job leads from multiple job boards. There are also other outside links under Jobs in CareerLink that are worth investigating.
  • Going Global, specifically helpful for international students, is a paid subscription that posts jobs/internships regularly. It also gives guides about particular cities/states and countries. You can also search to see what employers’ petition for H-1B, which can guide you to the companies willing to sponsor you when you graduate.
As always, if you have any questions regarding any of our resources, please come in and meet with Meghan Radford or contact her at or 216.368.8638. Also, if you would like to meet with another advisor to discuss job/internship strategy - please call 216.368.3662 or email to schedule an appointment.

CMO’s office hours for the summer will be Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please stop in for a visit!

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