Exploration Preparation

Summer Series: Looking for a Summer Internship

Internships are a great opportunity for you to learn more about what you want to do and what you don’t want to do all while building work experience towards a full-time role after college. Here are some tips on how to narrow down the experience you are looking for. Internship opportunities can be found in Handshake where there are currently more than 5,000 internships posted.

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. 

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.

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