Tips For Finding A Summer Internship

5 Tips To Help You Land Meaningful Internship This Summer

What you should do to make finding an internship easier.

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That time of the year is rolling around again. We have to start thinking about our plans for the summer. Many students dread this time of the year because it means time for summer job and internship applications. Finding yourself meaningful work for the summer is no easy task.

It is extremely competitive, and in all honesty, it is sometimes just a numbers game with the number of applications you submit, but here are five tips that will help you maximize your time and efforts with the process.

1. Use your resources!

Parents, friends, relatives, professors, mentors, anyone can be a resource. The real world is really all about who you know. Making connections is incredibly important in helping to open doors for yourself. You would be amazed at how many people are willing to help college students in the search for internships. They might not be able to find you an internship or job themselves, but most likely they can connect with someone else who possibly can or even just offer advice, which is always helpful.

2. Constantly keep checking!

Companies are always making new internship and job postings. By just reminding yourself to stay on top of checking various websites and platforms, you can keep your options open. Another key in this is to follow companies you're interested in on platforms such as LinkedIn and Handshake, both of which make it very easy to search if companies made recent postings.

3. Take risks.

Sometimes a company won't directly post that they offer internship positions, but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't. Doing your research and sending an email to someone within the company you're interested in to ask for information not only can make the search process quicker but also shows how serious you are about them. It looks good to be curious and driven, so send that email!

4. Be persistent!

If you want something, then why not give it your all? Once you've sent a resume or filled out an application, you should consider sending an email just to let a recruiter know. This might seem silly, but it shows you are very interested and is a good way to get your name out there. Even if the recruiter doesn't directly go looking for your application, if they see it and have a remembrance for your name, it can do wonders.

5. Look for help within your school.

Almost every university has a career center or service center that can help you in your search. If they don't directly have an internship position to tell you about, they usually will still have places for you to look or people to connect with. They are also a great place to go to get help with your cover letter and resume. Oftentimes students overlook the university's services and try to do everything on their own, which isn't always necessary!

These aren't huge steps you need to take, but these little tips can help take the stress off. No one thinks the search for summer work is easy, so there are always going to be people willing to help. Hang in there and don't give up!

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"
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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy." No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher, we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it's obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgmental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don't mean that I'm predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn't easy. It's very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for a while and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you're the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it's about what I learn and the memories that I make, the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I'd rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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I'm Focused On My Career Life, Not My Love Life And I Don't Feel Like I'm Missing Out

You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant.

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I'm an independent girl. I have always had big dreams and I will do anything to reach those dreams. I have worked 20-40 hours a week since I was 15 years old. I have a great group of friends, filled with amazing women and wonderful men. I'm active in my social life and I'm always down for the newest adventure. I would say that my life is very rounded out. However, sometimes when I'm surrounded by my peers, I see that most of them are in some form of relationship. This, however, is an aspect of my life that is currently open for applicants.

Being almost 20 years old, I have friends in all different walks of the dating game. Some are in new and exciting relationships while others are getting prepared for marriage. Hearing the talks of future plans, significant others are a major part of my friends' futures. Not saying that I don't want to date, because I do, but I simply don't have time for it right now.

I would rather be looking for internships than swiping through Tinder. I would rather be building my portfolio than breaking down my walls. I would rather be adding experience to my resume than adding another guy into my life.

And, to be honest, I really hate this generation of dating. From the late night texts to the ghosting, I just hate it. I know a lot of people say this now, but I just don't want a relationship based around technology. I want something that is authentic, honest and real. I don't want to go on dates with guys from a dating app, knowing what their true intention is. I don't want to meet a random guy at a frat party (who probably isn't that good for me). I don't want to Netflix and chill.

Like my career, I want something I can learn from. I want someone I can learn from. I want someone that will help me towards my goals, rather than distracting me from them. I want someone who is as focused on their careers as I am. And frankly, I don't think this is a bad thing.

So, while some girls are planning their wedding days or their future kids' names, I am planning the details to creating my own business and how I'm going to get there. I'm proud that I know where I want to be in my career. Sure, I don't have a boyfriend or any romantic future plans, but that shouldn't make me feel less than.

If you're work driven, please be proud of that! You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant. Get that promotion, start that business, grow your work experience. Your love life will follow and it will feel so much sweeter when it does come. Be excited for your friends and their love lives, but be excited for what's to come for you too. If you're passionate about something, it doesn't have to feel like you're missing out.

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