One of the best feelings when putting pen to paper is drawing a simple check mark next to an item on your to do list. It is as if these two strokes of pen are like weights being lifted off your shoulders. The one item that has remained unchecked on my to do list is finding an internship. With that being said, the number one excuse I have for not searching for an internship is: I don’t know how to find one. In order for us all to squash this excuse and draw that simple check mark, I am bringing you more career advice: How to Find Internships!
WHERE TO START
First, it is important to know that approximately 20% of internships are found online, while an estimated 80% of internships are found through networking. Considering these statistics, I would say a great place to start is reaching out through your connections. Ask yourself: 1) Who do I know that is in my field of interest? 2) Who could put me in contact with someone in my field?
Think of all and any of your family members, friends, coworkers, past high school teachers, or even random guy in your Spanish class. The point is that anyone could offer you up a connection that you did not even expect. Think hard and realize the opportunities already around you. Another tactic would be to use LinkedIn to help you find professionals in your area of interest. Alternatively, you can reach out directly to the organizations you are interested in interning at. Reach out directly to these organizations and inquire after internship opportunities. If they have a formal program they will let you know how to apply. If they don’t perhaps they will be open to creating an internship experience. You won’t know until you ask.
Online research is literally at our fingertips, which provides an easy and convenient way to search for internships. However if you are like me, your internet searches become overwhelming and unrelated. To narrow down searches focus on: 1) Geographic region 2) Top organizations 3) Skills you want to gain
Google searches should become much easier after narrowing down based on these three criteria! In addition to Google, there are other search engines provided through IU that are great resources. The first is an internship database called the Internship Portal. This database lists all the internship locations of past SPH students. http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/careers/internshipportal.shtml Another resource for Job/Internship postings is the SPH Job Board. The Job Board is available through IU School of Public Heath Office of Career Services website, and below I have provided you with the direct link:
If you are having trouble with your search, consider meeting with a career advisor. They can walk you through these resources and help you create a strategic plan to find that ideal internship!
Now with the outline and resources available to start your internship search, there should be no excuses. Start searching NOW to save yourself a time crunch later. Consider this quote by Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Also, if there is only one thing driving you to get you search started, it should be thinking ahead to that satisfactory feeling of drawing a big, bold check mark on your to do list!
“Rachel Helfferich is a sophomore majoring in Dietetics. Her career aspirations include becoming a Registered Dietician and working to promote healthy, active lifestyles.”
IUSPH Career Services
Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:
•resume and cover letter preparation
•graduate school preparation