Five Tips for Finding a Summer Internship

Springtime is around the corner and that means it’s the perfect time to begin looking for summer internships. While the summer’s all about hanging out and enjoying your well-deserved free time, it’s also about using that spare time to build your professional experience before you graduate. Google might bring up a lot of clutter when searching for internships, so here are five easy ways to get you finding internships in your field now.

1. Visit Hire Mizzou Tigers
Imagine a place where you could find a job or internship posting where recruiters specifically have Mizzou students in mind. The great news is, that kind of place already exists! Visiting is a fast step toward finding internships and jobs in Columbia, The United States and all around the world. Mizzou students automatically have access to the site, and students who upload resumes get full access to its features. Narrow down your options by doing an advanced search: try customizing the Employer, Majors and Job Location categories to get the best results for you.

2. Use your network
Some of the greatest tools in your internship toolbox are the people you know. Friends, family and peers are always a great start because they’re your closest group. Try asking them about places places they know about that have internships. Or ask them about places they’ve interned at – you’ll be surprised at how much information you can gather! Next, start speaking with people who are on the outskirts of your network. Professors in your major are great resources, and are usually up on the best places to intern for students in your major. These professors might even be able to put you in touch with other students or graduates with internship experience that’s relevant to you. Never underestimate the power of a connection!

3. Browse LinkedIn
Speaking of connections, you can also use LinkedIn to browse people to connect with. Try finding people from Mizzou who graduated with your major. Then, look through their work experience to see if there are places they worked at that you might be interested in interning at. If you have any questions about that company, the messaging system will help you get in touch with that person easily. The “Jobs” tab on LinkedIn is also a good stop to find internship listings. Use the advance search features to tailor your search to the kinds of internships you’re looking for.

4. Check your email
Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled on your student email account. Internship and job postings come down the line from faculty members oftentimes, and they are always willing to share it with their students! If an email does come your way, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the professor who sent the email, or the contact for the internship listing.

5. Get social
If you’re nearly out of ideas for what companies you might want to intern at, look no further than your own social media accounts. Go through your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts, and look at which profiles you’re following. Are there any companies or places there that you’d be willing to intern at? Lots of times, we already following companies that we admire on social media, so why not try to intern for them?