There comes a time in every student’s academic career when internships become highly encouraged, perhaps even required. They’re a great way to learn about an industry, gain valuable work experience, and develop personal skills. In fact, studies show many Fortune-500 companies retain over 80% of their interns as entry-level hires.
Summer is peak internship season, but don’t feel discouraged if you haven’t found anything yet. There’s still time to find an internship that’s right for you. Let’s look at ten websites to help make the internship search a little less stressful—now and all year long!
Designed for early career professionals, WayUp makes finding your internship match a breeze. After creating a profile, you can see pages of internship opportunities that have been specifically selected for you based on how well you match the employers’ qualifications. The filtered results ensure that your skill set fits the bill of your potential employer, so no more tirelessly scrolling through positions that require years of experience you may not currently possess.
If you’re interested in working in the nonprofit sector, this is the ideal (wink, wink) website. Idealist ensures that the opportunities presented are personalized based on your industry of interest and strongest skills. Not ready to commit to an internship? Check out their volunteer opportunities or their various urban social groups to get involved with a community or program you may want to pursue in the future.
For over 20 years, Monster.com continues to be one of the leading job searching websites. MonsterCollege specifically helps students and recent grads prepare for life after college. From resume advice to dressing for success, they cover everything you’d want to know before venturing into the working world. The site is interactive, informative, and provides an abundance of insight into strategies for success.
Sometimes, finding an internship is all about who you know. LinkedIn helps you directly connect with employers, recruiters, and people you’ve already met. It’s like the Facebook for job hunting—except you don’t have to deal with any obnoxious memes clogging your news feed. You can customize your profile to reflect your skills, ideas, and career ambitions. One of the best features on LinkedIn is its “Easy Apply” button; all you have to do is click the button and LinkedIn sends employers your resume and phone number. If they think you’re a good fit, they’ll reach out to you.
Who says you have to look for an internship near home? Feed your wanderlust and build your resume with meaningful travel. GoAbroad features hundreds of internship opportunities among dozens of different countries. The “Help Me Pick a Program” feature assists in narrowing down the search by focusing on your travel goals and desired timeline. You can even go abroad and earn a couple college credits while fulfilling your internship duties. All of this while maximizing adventure?! It sounds like a pretty incredible plan to me.
Glassdoor for Students is a section of Glassdoor.com dedicated to helping students find work. You can compare salaries, reviews, benefits, interview questions, and employee satisfaction to other companies within the same field. The best part about Glassdoor for Students is its unlimited access to all of these perks just by signing up with your school email address. What’s better than getting the inside scoop from the people who’ve actually worked there? If you’re lucky, you may even receive a few interview questions to help you prep for your big day.
Intern Queen was founded back in 2009 after its creator recognized the need for a more personalized way for young people to connect with career and internship opportunities. The website offers year-round internship opportunities for on-site and remote programs. They also maintain a strong social-media presence that’ll keep you in the loop if any special programs arise.
College Recruiters help students and recent grads find seasonal jobs, internships, and entry-level work. Their custom search database is easy to navigate and offers filters to help you find the perfect fit. They also have articles, blogs, and videos to help individuals along the way with their search. They even provide a free resume critique where their writing experts confidentially review and provide feedback on your resumes and other employment correspondences.
Don’t let the name fool you! Summer Internships offers internship opportunities year-round. Sponsored by Dream Careers, this site offers programs in eleven major cities, including London and Paris. With over 25 different industries to choose from, you just may find your dream career. Its custom internship placement has helped over 17,000 students find their perfect programs for over 17 years.
10. Your School’s Recruitment Portal / Handshake
Be sure not to overlook your school’s recruitment portal. Aside from the career services on campus, many school websites offer a portal for students to connect with alumni and other recruiters. Many schools are now pairing up with Handshake, a growing, early-talent network. Handshake aims to bridge the opportunity gap that students face when trying to build careers. They’ve united over 9-million students and young alumni with over 250,000 employers on one network.
Bonus Tip!: Make Personal Connections
Networking is a great way to build relationships and obtain credible advice from those working on the inside. Create a list of places where you’d want to work and try to connect with someone in the industry. Whether you chat over a cup of coffee or shadow someone on a work day, anything you can do to express interest and get your foot in the door is beneficial. There’s no need to feel intimidated or nervous about reaching out to someone; the people you’re trying to contact probably have been in a very similar position. Ultimately, you have nothing to lose! Your efforts will be welcomed and respected.
Wherever your search may take you, remember that there are plenty of resources to help match you with the right internship.