By Phil Ruddle | Staff Writer |
Getting a summer internship is very important to many students.
“Internships are the opportunities that help construct a future. They teach me very much about the professional world and myself,” explained Reece Cote, a National Exchange Student.
Cote is double majoring in Management and Marketing and is graduating with both degrees at the end of 2013 at the age of 21. He wants to work as a talent agent one day and came out here from Iowa State University to study and get an internship in LA to help build up his resume.
There are other students’ out there with no internship experience and do not know where to look or what to do it seems. Some students don’t even have a resume or even know how to write one.
The Chronicle has explored the matter in order to help students learn how to get a summer internship. I spoke to a past student who obtained an internship with some help from the Career Development Center.
“I would much rather be doing an internship than have an open summer. I have had my time of fun when I was younger but it’s now time to start focusing my future and what I can do to improve,” said Cote.
Cote already had his resume and career direction set up, but went to the Career Center for further guidelines and ideas.
The Career Center will help you with anything you need to know to get that internship this summer and will guide you in the right direction. It doesn’t matter how lost, confused or new you are to this.
If you are also looking for an internship, then you need to visit the Career Center, which is located on the third floor of University Hall and is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Career Center has various workshops that help you build up your resume, prepare for interviews and have different job opportunities for everyone.
To view job opportunities first one has to sign in through CoyoteLink. To access CoyoteLink, all you have to do is register an account with your student identification and create a password. This account can also connect with an existing Linkedin or Facebook account so you can sync up your resume.
Once you upload your resume you can start sending them out to employers through CoyoteLink.
There are almost daily postings for jobs and internships. To minimize your search results by searching through sections by part time, full time, on campus student employment, internships, contract, temporally, volunteer or by major.
Cote linked up his Linkden account with CoyoteLink and continuously started sending out resumes to employers of his choosing.
Finally he landed an unpaid summer internship for talent management at Venture, which is the career direction he was looking for.
“In my opinion, the best way to get your resume out into the real world is based on how hard you work at it. I get my ideas and guidelines from the career center, but anybody can do that. Its my job to send them out,” explained Cote.
No one is going to get a job for you or hand you one. You have to work for it and make yourself known on your own.
Further assessment on help choosing a major or a career can be achieved via appointment through various tests and in depth evaluation with a Career Center adviser.
Even more assistance from the Career Center on a walk in basis includes interviewing techniques salary negotiations and job search/internship strategies.
Should you have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact the Career Center at 909-537-5250.