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View from the front desk: Tips for obtaining a summer internship

One of the most common questions I receive at the front desk this time of year is “Can I still get a summer internship?” The answer is yes, of course—a qualified yes.

There are always companies recruiting for summer right up until it starts. You just have to look a little harder to find those opportunities. While the last day for on-campus recruiting with ECS is the week before finals, there are job postings listed all year long.

Some tips for a late search:

  • Think outside the box! Look at small and mid-sized companies. Sometimes the best jobs aren’t with the big names.
  • Make sure you are applying to enough job postings!  Applying to only one or two job postings does not give you good odds.  ECS recommends that you put in approximately 30 applications a semester, and even then getting an interview is never guaranteed. That may seem like a lot, but it will be more manageable if you…
  • Put aside some time each day exclusive for job searching! Finding opportunities that fit your talents is not always as simple as clicking “submit.” Set aside time to search for jobs, and more importantly, to apply to them. Taking the time to customize your cover letters and resume will pay off in the long run.
  • Use every resource you can find! CareerEngine is a great resource for your job search, but it’s not the only one. You can find job search tools on the ECS website, as well as in CareerEngine (in the Resources tab). Look at the websites of companies you are interested in and see if they have a job board online. Make sure you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile so that you have a professional online presence.
  • Talk to an ECS advisor! Call the ECS office (614-292-6651) for a listing of our walk-in hours.

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” 
-Donald Kendall

About the author

Laura Little

Laura Little previously worked at the ECS front desk.