Summer Internships—Is It Too Late?

Posted on March 22, 2012 with No Comments

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It’s almost April—and perhaps long about now you are wishing you followed through with that summer internship search you had planned to do in October. Is there any hope of landing a good internship at this late date?

The answer is yesif you are willing to expand your ideas of internship options and put some real effort and follow-up into the process now. While many of the deadlines for highly competitive national internships may have passed, there are still possibilities for excellent internships with smaller companies and non-profits that will allow for a high degree of responsibility and learning. Here in Vermont, the options for internships listed through Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Technology Council include internships in marketing, web design, and communications with cutting edge Vermont companies like MyWebGrocer.com , MicroStrain, Vermont Energy Efficiency Corporation (VEIC). Check out listings for a wide variety of organizations on Catamount Job Link as well.   Check out ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Fletcher Allen Health Care and more! Many local firms offer even more opportunities for learning and growth than some large, national firms with larger intern staffs.

Not a match for your interests? No problem– you can create-your-own-adventure!  Use your imagination or our Career Services resources to identify organizations and possible internship activities of interest, and then get to work. Check out the websites, make calls to determine an appropriate contact within the organization, and call or email to see if there is a project you could complete for them. Be prepared to make a case for what you could contribute to the organization (and a copy of your resume!).  Not a fan of cold calls? No one is—but do push yourself. Persistence and follow up is key to internship and job search.

Remember how people really get jobs?  You know… networking? Networking works for internships too, so start talking to your professors, friends, family, neighbors, and our UVM alumni career connections. Use our UVM LinkedIn Career Connection. Let these contacts know the skills you bring and those you are hoping to develop. They can all connect you with folks who might just need an intern with your major and some good skills.

One final question—what about credit? Several options exist for students of all majors to earn internship credit in the summer. Check out EDSS 239 or CDAE 196—or check with your department.

Intrigued? Stop by Career Services Drop-In Hours to learn about which options might be best for you.  Why wash pots when you could be doing financial planning, event planning for a non-profit or investigating misdemeanors? There’s no end to the supply of create-your-own internships, so start imagining –and acting– today!

~Mary Beth

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