The answer won’t surprise you.
Yes! I cannot stress how important it is for you to have an internship. Internships allow you to test out the field you are interested in, make connections for after graduation, and gain valuable work experience. If you don’t have an internship, how can you be sure if you will like the field you are studying? How will you get a job without some work experience!
Some companies, but not all, require juniors or above for their programs. The reason for this is because most colleges don’t require students to declare their major until the end of their Sophomore year and don’t require them to take classes in their major until Junior year. Don’t get discouraged though! A lot of companies accept all college students.
Try these suggestions to help in your internship search:
1. Career Center
Go to your college career center! This is a great resource for anything career related. Career center’s will critique your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and provide give mock interviews to help you prepare. In addition to all of that, they will also help with your internship and full time job search. Career Centers and the people who work in them have great connections to various companies. They can take a look at your skills and help find an internship that is right for you.
2. LinkedIn and Job Search Engines
After having your resume and cover letter critiqued by your career center, check out LinkedIn or job search engines like Indeed.com or SimplyHired for job listings. These search engines allow you to enter filters to specify what you are looking for. You can specify internship, full time, location, salary, etc. LinkedIn as well as some other search engines offers a quick apply feature for some job applications. This feature allows you to quickly send your profile and resume with one click of a button.
No matter what field you are in, it’s important to get experience in what you hope to do one day. Utilize your resources ,be active about your search and don’t give up.