5 Ways College Students are Landing Internships Right Now

1. Network

This is a great first step, and you’ve probably heard it almost systematically since your first day on campus. What no one tells you, though, is how to succeed at it. Before you start networking, have your 30-second elevator pitch ready. A first impression goes a long way when a potential employer now has your phone number or email.

2. Browse Handshake

Handshake makes it easy to discover all kinds of employment opportunities, including paid internships. Found the perfect opportunity? In most cases, the platform even works in conjunction with your college or university’s career services center to ensure your application is top notch. Sending in your resume and cover letter for review prior to applying is just one of the many benefits you can enjoy on Handshake.

3. Attend Career Fairs

Pick out your best “business formal” wear, print several resumes, and attend an on-campus career fair. Employers like to visit campuses to find talented students. Some even offer interviews on the spot!

4. Freelance

Do you have a skill you enjoy that you think you could get paid for? Is it a talent that’s transferable to your anticipated career path? Try freelancing! There are several sites you can choose from including UpWork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com for remote work. It’s not for everyone, but can you imagine how successfully starting a freelancing business during college could impact your professional career and exposure? Diversifying how and where you work can also be crucial to prepare for the future of work, especially when you consider that experts estimate that 50% of all employees will begin working remotely within the next few years.

5. Be Confident

At the risk of ending on a clichéd note, it’s important to exude confidence. A behavior often synonymous with decision-making, assertion, and maturity, confidence is coveted and highly valuable to employers everywhere.

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