Mastering Your Summer Internship
Written by Nathan Parcells at Looksharp 2016 2016
Summer internships are special. While interning during the school year can offer phenomenal experience, a summer internship is typically full-time allowing you to put your full focus on developing professional skills and impressing your boss and peers to lineup a full-time job after you graduate. Also, many summer internships are part of an internship program, that can involve a number of other students as well as unique mentorship events like brown bag lunches, and fun activities like company baseball games.
Regardless, to make the most of your summer internship you should come into with goals, and have a strategy to make sure you succeed. Goals can be anything from getting way better at a certain professional skill like sales, or front-end engineering; or, a goal can be to network and meet as many other people as you can. To help you get the most of your summer position, we talked to hundreds of student to learn more about what they wish they knew before their first internship and made a summer internship blog series covering key topics and activities you should study and complete; here's our list below:
Week by week advice to make the most of your summer internship:
Pre-Internship: Setting Summer Internship Goals
-Remember the 10 Must Dos of Networking
-Explore these 7 Online Resources Perfect for Networking
Week 5: Build Your Personal Project
Week 8: Learn How to Land Your First Job
Once you've knocked your summer intership out of the park, you'll be on the hunt for another internship or an entry-level job. If you're moving on to entry-level jobs, here are a few suggestion for starting your search. If you're think you'll be looking at jobs outside of your major focus, we've got a few tips for you here.
Recommended Internship Reading
Recommended Entry-Level Reading
Latest Entry-Level Jobs
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