If you are on a summer break before your next year of college starts, or have just graduated and are looking to add to your experience and CV before looking for a full-time position, an internship might be a good option for you. However, finding internships that fit your interests and requirements can prove to be an ordeal. Luckily, there are several places where you can look for internships that suit your needs.
- Internship website portals: Internship portals such as Internshala, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Monster, and LetsIntern have internship listings for a plethora of fields. Several internships cater to aspiring content writers, and there are several other fields such as technical writing, SEO, teaching, coding and more, where you can obtain internships that improve your skills and give you relevant experience that will add to your resume. Internships in the fields of design, photography, business development, HR, and more, are also readily available.
- College placement cells: Most colleges are equipped with internship and placement cells that can help you with upskilling and finding relevant internships. Placement cells facilitate on-campus recruitment. Start-ups, NGOs, and other companies approach campuses for internships and placements, and placement cells in turn make these positions available for students. Usually, this is the easiest and most reliable way to obtain relevant internships, as your college will have vetted and approved the internship opportunities it filters through to the students.
- Professors: Often, maintaining a good relationship with a professor goes a long way. Faculty in your college department can be very helpful in finding you internships, research projects, apprenticeships, or even jobs. Usually, students are assigned an academic advisor, and if they aren’t, they can seek one out who can help them get placed, or find places where the student can apply to be an intern.
- Researching and directly applying through company websites: It often happens that a company doesn’t look for interns at your particular college. Don’t let that stop you from applying! Spend some time researching companies that you would like to work for – and have a good chance of being accepted as an intern – and search the company website for open positions. Usually, companies declare their need for interns on their website, but even if they don’t, send them an email anyway. If you have a good CV, and are a right fit for the company, chances are very high that they will be interested in taking the process forward.
We hope this quick guide for how to find relevant internships in your field was useful to you. This is only an overview of the most popular ways that people manage to obtain internships. Keep your eyes and ears open and be open to networking opportunities, as you never know what might turn into a rewarding internship experience, and perhaps even a potential job offer.