Sunday, May 17, 2015

Search, Search, Search, Summer 2015 and Beyond

One of your strategies when trying to land a great internship is to use the web to search.  Doing that takes unrelenting effort.  Search everyday and generate a list of solid leads.  Send in resumes and cover letters immediately.  Quality should supersede quantity but quantity is important too.  You need to realize that it is a numbers game and you have to get yourself (and your resume) in front of as many decision makers as possible.  Use UMD's Careerlink and I like to use  What I will do for the rest of the summer is this: I will do searches everyday based on keywords such as internships, intern, Massachusetts, Providence, and Boston.  I'm hoping to identify the remaining employers still looking for summer interns and then my hope will be to find fall internships that are within commuting distance of the UMD campus. 

Also keep in mind that within the first two weeks of school in September, we (CCB) and the Career Development Center, will receive local requests for interns.  These requests will come from companies and nonprofits in the Fall River, New Bedford, and Providence areas.  Keep thinking about how you can generate leads for good internships beyond just searching.  If you aren't trying to land one for say - next fall - can you do some things to line yourself up for a Spring 2016 internship?  For accounting majors - the spring semester is a good time to land a tax internship at a CPA firm but late fall is the time to line that up. 

In the fall, I will hold internship info workshops and can share more ideas.  Also, if you are a CCB major and want one of our free - laminated quick study Internship guides (a $6.95 value!) that I have authored, send me an email with your UMD SID# and I can reserve one for you.  These are sold nationally but recently we acquired CCB branded ones for the benefit of our eager business students.

Professor Griffin