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Find an Internship

In The Space to: Prepare, we don't find you an internshp. We work with you to create and execute an Internship Search Strategy. Finding an internship is about a lot more than just looking through a list of open positions. Read on to learn the Internship Search Strategy steps and find the right internship for your goals.  
 
The Space to Prepare: Career Services Need help along the way? We've got you covered. Contact a Career Counselor with questions or to request an appointment to plan your strategy.

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Step 1: Discover the industry or field you want to pursue.      

Internships are all about trial and error. They provide you with direct access to the industry you are interested in, and the sooner you complete an internship, the sooner you can determine if you are on the right path to your future. It's not uncommon to complete an internship and decide you're not at all interested in continuing in the field. This isn't a bad outcome - there's time to reconsider your current path and take steps to start down a new one. 

Resources

The Space to Prepare: Career Services ONet:  Use the O*Net database to search for information on hundreds of different types of jobs, including by industry, green jobs, STEM jobs (science, techonology, engineering & math) and by hiring outlook. You can also search for jobs that are suited to different abilities.
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The Space to Prepare: Career Services Vault:  Career Insider on Vault is a fantastic resource with detailed career guides, salary information and employee reviews for hundreds of companies. This service is FREE for Wofford students (typically costs $120/year for a subscription).
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The Space to Prepare: Career ServicesMajors List:  Unsure what major to pursue? This list of all majors/minors offered at Wofford will give you some ideas. Talk to your academic advisor for help, or schedule a career counseling appointment - we're glad to help put you on the right track.

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Step 2: Build Your Career Portfolio:

You can't apply for an internship without a great resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn account. Here's how to create it:

The Space to Prepare: Career Services Visit the Career Services Resume Page for everything you need to create the prefect document.
The Space to Prepare: Career Services A great cover letter will help you get the interview. Visit our Cover Letter Page for tips.
The Space to Prepare: Career Services Create a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is the Facebook of the professional world. A growing number of companies no longer accept a traditional resume - instead, they want to see your LinkedIn profile. 

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3. Begin the Search:

Once you have your Career Portfolio in place, start your internship search.

The Space to Prepare: Career Services Quick facts: Check out this awesome infographic about the internship search process.
The Space to Prepare: Career Services Network, network and network some more. Many jobs and internship are never advertised. Making connections will help you learn about opportunities. 

The Space to Prepare: Career Services Search for Openings

Online Resources:*

*Remember, online internship boards are only one way to look for an internship. You'll have much better luck connecting with alumni, talking with your friends/family and your professors, pastors, coaches, etc. to learn about opportunities.

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4. Prepare for Interviews

You've done everything right and gotten the interview for an internship. Don't take your foot off the gas now. Plan, practice and prepare: these three Ps should be your mantra as you get ready for the all-important interview. Failing to do either of the three Ps could mean you won't get the internship. 

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