Land a Summer Internship: 4 Tips to Make the Most of Your Winter Break
Winter break is just around the corner! And this means much-needed time off. So, enjoy your break from school and get some extra rest for the coming semester. But remember, your winter break is also a great time to get a head start on your internship hunt – you can use it to help ensure you land a great internship for the coming summer. So, here are four tips to help you make the most of your winter break:
Tip #1: Do Local Company Research
In the weeks before winter break, take some time to research the companies in the community where you will spend your time off. Final exams can take a lot of time in the last days of your semester, but looking into opportunities for the future can provide added motivation to work hard and perform well. You also never know what exciting internship and career opportunities might be available right in the comfort of a winter break getaway.
Tip #2: Initiate Informational Interviews
Without a doubt, the best way to land the top internships is through personal connections. So, set up casual lunches and coffee appointments throughout your winter break with acquaintances, university alumni, and Kappa Delta Sorority alumnae. Believe it or not, they really get a kick out of helping students at their alma mater. Your ‘warm market’ is a great place to start looking for opportunities and they might have some exciting connections. And don’t forget to talk to your family and friends about who they know as well.
Tip #3: Schedule In-Person Interviews
Face-to-face meetings are the best way to sell your candidacy to a prospective employer. Take advantage of your winter break to set-up in-person interviews with local employers. Once you’ve found companies that interest you, take the initiative to suggest a meeting while you’re in town. Because they don’t have the added expense of “bringing you in” for the interview, prospective employers have an added incentive to consider you as a candidate.
Tip #4: Get your Résumé in Shape
Don’t wait until you actually need your résumé to get it ready for prospective employers. When the pressure of classes is looming over you, it’s hard to find time to work on your résumé. But winter break is a great time to focus on your résumé. With a new semester starting soon, you’ll need your polished résumé for recommendations, internship fairs, and many other career-building events. A great résumé takes time to prepare and it’s better to have it ready than to keep prospects waiting.
Using your winter break to get a head start on your internship search is sure to pay off. But don’t forget to spend plenty of time with family and friends. After all, it’s called winter ‘break’ for a reason! So, jumpstart your future, but make sure to get plenty of relaxation to make the most of your winter break.
~ The Résumé Girl, Lauren Hasson, Career Planning Expert, Campus Calm