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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by yg17, Feb 18, 2006.
Anyone know of any good sites to find summer internships for students in the US? Thanks
State Department has a great internship program - some stateside (mostly DC) & others in embassies overseas. Highly competitive but, if you're good, it's one of the best learning experiences you can 'not' get paid for. I believe US citizenship is a requirement.
What's your major? I imagine you'll want to go with something in your field.
Might be worth a look...
If you find an internship in IT consider yourself lucky, if it is paid you are very lucky. Most all the IT interns I have seen in the industry are degreed or otherwise qualified with little or no experience. That is to say, the last IT intern I meet had a master degree. There is a lot of unemployed IT people with a lot more experience than you, or people with degrees with experience. I believe IEEE reported 2004 was the highest rate of unemployment for Computer Scientist ever.
This year is looking better job wise for IT, but the best way to land an internship or job for that matter is social networking. I'd start branching out and asking people you know in your social network for contacts and saying that you are looking for an internship. That way, if they hear something by happenstance or know someone they will let you know. All the books on getting hired and interviewing etc all say the vast majority of people (80-90%) get their jobs through networking the other 10-20% get there jobs through tradition means like newspaper and internet. just food for thought; however I do speak from experience it rough right now if you don't know anybody.
Non-paid internships or mission work are as important on your resume as paid jobs when it comes to summer work. Employers like to see a variety of interests.
You may already be a bit late for summer internships in some industries. I did my internship with Goldman Sachs in London (IT). I'm sure that applications for that had to be before Christmas in the previous year. I am interviewing a potential internal where I work now (Citigroup) on Monday, again an IT position. All applications had to be in some months ago.
In my opinion unpaid internships are a pretty rough deal. When I did mine I was being paid quite a bit but the costs of short term accommodation, food and socialising wiped it all out and more.
I work contract to contract in IT jobs, the last they actually care about is mission work. So, I have been to many a interview, and I can say pretty confidently IT people don't care about mission work unless it has to do with that particular work. Most new IT people are a dime a dozen and mission work isn't to set you apart from the crowd.
This guy runs a wicked intern program....