Tis the season of summer internships! Didn’t land one this year? Don’t worry, you can get ahead of the next application season!
It’s been a minute since I was a serial intern (something I documented in my last blog). I transferred to a college in New York City to have greater access to the companies of my dreams (I consider kicking my interning off with Marc Jacobs a pretty good start).
Wondering where to find these internships? Here are some of my suggestions:
I’ve met Lauren Berger (the Intern Queen herself) a couple of times over the years and she is such a passionate businesswoman. Keeping her experience in mind, she created a job board for all sorts of internships, from magazines to finance. There are also virtual internships listed on the site, so don’t worry —- you don’t have to take the first flight out to LA or NY to gain valuable experience.
This community has a ton of listings, mostly focused on media positions for young professionals. You can narrow the options down to the type of internship, too, like paid or college credit. I would keep refreshing this site, ESPECIALLY if you’re looking for paid internships because for obvious reasons, those go FAST.
Full disclosure – these listings are for experience/school credit ONLY. Sometimes you’ll be able to stumble upon positions that offer stipends. Often these positions are at some very in-demand fashion houses (D&G anyone?), and as a result, if you’re looking solely for paid positions, look elsewhere.
College Job Board
Take advantage of your college career center! Almost every college has a job board. It wouldn’t hurt to take a look, and more often than not, the companies that submit listings have a tie or relationship with the college. I hit the jackpot by going to the Fashion Institute of Technology, so the listings for my area of interest were pretty top notch. Don’t see the companies you’re looking for? Ask your career center how they can help you get in touch if you’re struggling to. The service is lumped in with you college tuition, so make the most of it!
If you’re reading this feeling dejected, don’t be. I know it may seem like everyone around you is “crushing it” this summer in their killer new positions, but don’t take that as a reason to stay down.
Take the time to strategize. Time is a LUXURY.
Use this summer to a) have fun; b) work & save; c) play the long game. You have time: enjoy yourself, plan out your future moves, prepare your resume and cover letter, and get ahead of application season for next semester.
You got this!
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