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INTERNSHIP 101: 6 STEPS TO TAKE YOU CLOSER TO THAT DREAM INTERNSHIP


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INTERNSHIP 101: 6 STEPS TO TAKE YOU CLOSER TO THAT DREAM INTERNSHIP

Finding opportunities to intern could be a daunting task, especially when you have no clue on how to go about it. It requires some research, planning, and making smart ‘moves’ that will eventually pave the way and take you a step further in landing yourself the dream internship you’ve always wanted.

Here are 6 tips to get you started on the journey to find a great place for your internship.

1 START EARLY

To find internships, inspiration could easily be drawn from the popular saying; “The Early bird gets the worm.” It is known that many leading companies set deadline dates for entries when it comes to internships.

Companies like Google leave their internship positions open for about two months, apply early once you know the time of your internship is around the corner, and don’t wait till it’s a week to the “D-day” as the position may already be filled by then.

2 NETWORK

Despite the fact that networking has been a great tool for career opportunities, only recently has the true power have been revealed, thanks to websites like LinkedIn, Opportunity, Partner Up and even Google plus. A custom search on any of these platforms is sure to get you started with leads.

Also, we advise you to speak about your internship with your friends, family and career counselors, some of them may be in good positions to share tips and leads that could be helpful.

 

3 CONTACT EMPLOYERS
Potential interns worry about contacting employers directly for fear of spoiling the chances of a possible placement. No rule actually spells it out that you are not allowed to contact an employer. As long as you remain within the confines of professionalism, it’s okay to do so.
A simple phone call to their front desk or the use of a contact form on the company’s website could do the trick.

 

4 ATTEND CAREER FAIRS
Check websites with job categories that are relevant to your geographical area. It’s likely you will find listings of career fairs scheduled to come up and make sure you’re present at these job fairs. Again, ‘Networking’ is the ‘key’! Don’t just sit at the fair, get around, mingle and start career driven conversations with potential employers and entrepreneurs present at the job fair.

One thing you know for sure is that everyone present is interested in discussing issues related to career advancement. You just might find the right company looking for an intern.

 

5 APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER

Before it’s time for your internship it’s always a good idea to apply as a volunteer, you could do this while on a break even as a freshman in college. Volunteering is a great way to build your resume and gain skills employers seeks in candidates. Even better you get to meet people who could refer you for an internship or a job in the near future – like when you need it the most, based on your performance as a volunteer.

Look around on the internet for companies looking for volunteers. They could either be NGO’s or international bodies.

 

6 CHECK OUT RESOURCES ONLINE

Putting your resources to great use is a skill that cannot be overemphasized, visit sites that share stories about how other interns got an opportunity to intern.

Forums like “Quora” and “Nairaland” are some of the best places to start as they have a wealth of relevant resources.

Also check “Vacancy” pages of company official websites that interest you frequently and visit websites like Jobberman, Careers24 and Alljobsafrica for openings.

Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re at it. Good luck!

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