To maximize your success, we recommend you treat your internship search as if it were another class in your academic schedule–set aside hours each week to manage the process beginning in the fall or early spring, and remember to take advantage of all available resources and meet with a career adviser to review and refine your strategy.
How Do You Look on Paper? (Devote 10 percent of your time to this step)
A résumé and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution.
Where Can You Look Online? (10 percent of your time)
Online internship posting databases and websites enable you to research and apply to position postings. Direct employer contact is an important part of every internship search; do not rely solely on online internship postings.
Who Would You Like to Know? (70 percent of your time)
Networking, the establishment and maintenance of professional relationships, is essential in any internship search. It is the incorporation of people–parents, relatives, friends, Davidson alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors and others–in your internship search.
How Do You Present Yourself in Person? (10 percent of your time)
Too many possible internship offers have been lost because the applicant failed to prepare or practice for an interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial.