The ins and outs of summer internships

By Mary Elizabeth Wheeler

Staff Writer

Summer is quickly approaching and many students are looking for the perfect summer internship. Searching for and landing a summer internship may seem difficult but there are several resources on campus to help.

The career and student employment center at UTC is available to assist students in finding internship and employment opportunities that match each student’s individual qualifications.

The career center works with local employers to find UTC students and alumni that fit their employment needs.

Students have access to a number of resources from practice interviews and career days to resume help and individual employment counseling.

Obtaining an internship doesn’t have to be an overly stressful experience. Taking the time to learn about the job market, work on your networking skills, and get involved in your field of choice will make your search much easier.

“Take initiative, learn how these things work,” said Bill Parker, program manager, Financial Wellness Center “Develop your knowledge and skills in these areas just as you would in your career field.”

It is important to identify personal strengths, skills, and interests and show them to potential employers through your cover letter, resume, and interviews.

Networking is one of the easiest ways for students to being there internship search.

Seventy-five percent of people find a job simply by networking, according to the UTC Career and Student Employment Center.

Networking is simply the process of talking to people about your career goals and them giving advice or information about their jobs and companies, or to give you names of other people you can meet to help.

Networking is not asking for a job, its creating connections and relationships that will help lead to a job or internship. Start by building relationships with professors and participate in as many organizations and activities as your academic schedule allows.

Many students have part or full time jobs while they are in school, take advantage of your current job and establish relationships with your boss and coworkers.

Take advantage of networking opportunities provided by the University and introduce yourself  to any guest speakers you encounter and participate in any events that could connect your with potential employers like the nonprofit networking event being hosted by the career center on April 8, 2015.

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