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Asked by omer on October 26, 2016

Where should I start to find internships? And once I get an internship, how should I prepare?

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at ADP, on November 3, 2016

Hello!

There are many ways to search for internship opportunities. First off, if you are a college student, the best thing you can do is utilize your school's career services office.  Advisers can assist you in narrowing your career path and targeting specific companies you would like to work for, as well as keep you informed of on-campus recruiting events such as career fairs & employer networking sessions. Also, utilize sites like LinkedIn to discover open opportunities and communicate with recruiters. But, be sure to have your LinkedIn profile organized and up to date so that it is clear to employers what your career objectives are and what you can offer their company.

Upon accepting an internship opportunity, it is definitely important to prepare! Doing prior your research on the company will help you familiarize with the company's structure and culture. It is also important to go into your internship with an open mind and positive attitude so that you can learn as much as possible, network, and make a lasting impression.

I hope these tips help and I wish you good luck! 

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on November 8, 2016

Hello!  The best way to start seeking internships is by attending your campus career fairs and reviewing your campus career center for job opportunites.  Most companies will post roles there.  Like Rachel stated, be prepared when attending the career faris and onsite company presentations.   Once you've accepted an internship, do your homework on the company.  Have an idea of what you'll be working on so you may do some research before hand.  And go in with an open mind to learn!  Be willing to learn from all levels and this is be key to your sucess. 

Best wishes!

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Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on November 11, 2016

I just spoke at UMBC this week on this very topic. I would start with your career center at your local colleague; these are the folks who I am constant contact with. I would pursue your college posting site and job boards. I encourage you to make a list of what is important to you and what you want to achieve in your internship. Have a short list of fields or opportunities you are interested in and pursue them. The point of an internship is to try out as many opportunities as you can to narrow down your career path. Ensure you do research on the company prior to interviewing and show your interest/enthusiasm for the opportunity. The first question I always ask is how much do you know about my company. Next review the companies’ values and mission statements. Weave in their values as you are answering questions; ensure they know that you meet their culture needs.
Once you have the internship, my recommendation is to read all the materials presented and do as much research on your group or project as you can. Be open to the experience, listen and observe, be willing to lead if presented the opportunity, understand what you are trying to solve why you are there, and establish how you show value to the company. Remember you are there to learn as much as possible and gain real world experience. There are numerous studies that show students who partake in internships have a higher chance of obtaining full time jobs and are happy about their career choices. Good luck and enjoy your internship experience.

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on November 18, 2016

The best thing to do to find internships is to work with the Career Placement office at your school.  They work directly with companies and will post such opportunities as they come available.  It is also important for your to participate in activities when companies come on campus.  This could be career fairs, information nights, etc.  In addition, regularly search the internet for intern positions.  One of the best sites to search for any job posting is Indeed.com.  This site scrapes job postings for other sites, so it is very comprehensive.  Also, utilize LinkedIn, not only to search for jobs, but to connect with influencers and leaders at the companies in which you are interested.

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