Is It Too Late to Find a Summer Internship? Of Course Not!

“I feel like I’m so behind.  Everyone already knows what they’re doing this summer.”  We can’t tell you how many times we hear this in a week here in the Career Center.  If you feel like you’re the “only one” who doesn’t know what they’re doing this summer yet, trust us, you’re not alone.  In fact, you’re in good company.

At the beginning of this past summer, we did a survey of you and your peers to find out what students are doing over the summer, and when students are receiving offers.  The most surprising finding—over 75% of students who responded to the survey found their summer position in the spring semester.  The percentage of students receiving offers in the spring semester was especially high for those working in Communications, Arts, and Media (90.91% of offers in spring) or Government, Law, and Public Policy (82.28%).

So since employers are hiring interns in the spring, I can take the rest of this semester off from career stuff, right?  Well, no.  There’s a lot you can be doing this semester to make sure you’re prepared for spring semester recruiting, because it will come fast when you get back from break, including the Spring Career and Internship Fair. This fall, make sure you’ve done the following things to set yourself up for a successful spring recruiting season:

Make sure you know what you want in an internship.  Start with the basics—what industry do you want to work in, or what do you want your role to be?  If you aren’t quite sure yet, meet with our career exploration coaches to talk about how your skills, interests, and values align with different career paths.

Lay out the boundaries of your upcoming search.  Do you have a geographic preference? Are you seeking an internship that will allow you to develop a certain skill or have a certain experience?

Start to develop a list of target employers, and make connections at those companies.  Do some research into your ideal industry and find out which employers are of most interest to you.  Once you have a few companies in mind, use EagleExchange to identify BC alums working there, and schedule a phone call or coffee chat to start to build a relationship.  You can also reach out to current students who previously interned at these companies to hear about their experiences.

Update your resume and have it critiqued at the Career Center.  Visit our office during regularly scheduled drop-in hours to ensure your resume is set to present to employers in the spring.

Have a search strategy in place. Schedule an appointment with the career coach for your career cluster of interest to discuss hiring practices for your intended industry.  Your cluster coach can help you strategize where and when to look for opportunities, identify companies or roles that are a good fit for your interests, and tailor your resume and cover letter to your industry.

By Laura Perrigo, Assistant Director, Career Education

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