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Getting Into an Internship-Seeking Mindset

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To think that you need to focus on getting good grades and being immersed in the college experience is completely normal. These are all important parts of being a successful student. However, going off to college is but one fleeting stage in life that prepares you for the life ahead of you. The goal for many students is to become professionals in their chosen fields. While your academic performance is important in accomplishing such a goal, getting an internship is arguably a great deal more important.

In this episode of The Study Space Podcast, we discuss how to get into an internship-seeking mindset and how to begin your search for internships. We talk about the different ways in which we’ve looked for internships and which approaches we found worked better for us.

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Things mentioned in this episode:

  • How job fairs aren’t the best place to find internships
  • Treating job-searching and internship-seeking as a class on its own
  • Special internship programs for freshmen and sophomores
  • Plan on interviewing six (6) months before start date
  • Skills and qualifications on job applications might be flexible (even the required ones sometimes)
  • If you have no experience, use anything that demonstrates your abilities (GPA, projects)
  • Filtering by your school year, qualifications, locations
  • LinkedIn
  • Glassdoor
  • Interning while taking classes at the same time (NASA experience)
  • Taking a leave of absence for an internship
  • Internships should be a learning and development opportunity
  • Research internships
  • Making summers productive

Your hosts: David Chuong and Julian Vu

Music: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under a Creative Commons License.