By Sandi Ohman
While it is extremely cold right now, even here in Florida, the summer is quickly approaching. As students contemplate their summer plans, for some, an internship opportunity is high on the list. Many though don’t know how to start the search process for identifying internships. Below is a list of resources to use to find internship opportunities:
- The Career Services Office (CSO) – The CSO at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) advertises internships through the career management system, EagleHire Network. This is an excellent resource to consider for internship opportunities. CSO partners with employers to advertise opportunities through EagleHire Network. These companies are interested in ERAU students, so it is a good place to start the internship search.
- Company Websites – Many large companies have well-established internship programs and choose to advertise internship opportunities on their company websites. Make sure to follow all application requirements and provide requested documents, since this shows the employer the applicant can follow directions.
- The Internet – Search engines such as Google, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, Careerbuilder.com are good internet resources to search for internships. Another resource is CareerShift. This is an employment research tool for students and alumni to use when researching opportunities. The Career Services Office has purchased the required membership needed to use CareerShift. The log-in page can be found embedded in the home page of the student/alumni part of EagleHire Network. Make sure to follow account creation/log-in instructions located in the CareerShift box. There are also numerous internet resources listed on the Useful Links page of the Career Services website.
- Faculty – Faculty are excellent resources in the internship search. Many have worked in industry, and they have contacts and companies contact them about open positions.
- Network(ing) – Quintiessential Careers recently wrote in their blog that networking is one of the best ways to find out about opportunities. So, let others know of your interest to find an internship in a specific field. Also, LinkedIn is another networking source. LinkedIn is a professional social networking internet resource. Users can search for alumni that work at the company they are interested in, search for internships advertised through LinkedIn, or other contacts in the company.
- Career Fair/Recruiting Events – In 2014 the Daytona Beach Career Services Office will be hosting Career Week 360°. This will be a week full of career-related topics and opportunities. On Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5, there will be an Employer Recruiting Showcase. This is a smaller event than the Industry/Career Expo, but it is an opportunity for companies to recruit for internships and full-time opportunities. Another opportunity to meet recruiters is company visits. There are numerous companies that will come to campus to recruit, interview and hold information sessions. These are good opportunities to interact with employers and learn about internship opportunities. Check the EagleHire Network calendar for dates.
- Letters of Interest – Letter of Interest/Inquiry can be used to reach out to companies to find out about internship opportunities or programs.
- Previous Student Internship Papers – When students participate in an internship for credit, writing a paper about the experience at the end of the term is part of the requirements. Those papers are posted in the Daytona Beach Career Services Blackboard organization. This is a good way to read what other students experienced on their internship and also find out where other students from different degrees went on an internship.
Students should use the above resources to research and find internship opportunities. When applying for internships, make sure to customize resumes (and cover letters if requested) to positions, follow application requirements and submit complete quality applications. This will increase the chances of obtaining an internship and gaining the experience towards a future career.
Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services. Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.