The AXE 101 Guide to Internships and Companies
A grad school version is coming! All suggestions (please help me) can be directed to the professional chairs.
Disclaimer: This is just advice and ideas to try, not an end all, be all.
Getting an Internship or Job
- What type of industry do you want to explore? Internships are about finding what you want to and not want to do… feel free to apply for something you find interesting. For jobs, you are picking an industry – not a company. Oftentimes you will change various companies in a career.
- Do you know people who worked in this industry? Talking to classmates, alumni, and professors (or really anyone) can help direct you towards a company that would be a good fit for you. It also helps with later steps.
- Which companies are you applying to? This step is often over looked but companies tell a lot of information about themselves online. A quick look at their website gives you something to talk about at the career fair or in a cover letter. A Google news search is also great!
- Is your resume done? Oftentimes this is done for a class or right before career fair. Your resume should be updated or reviewed every quarter. You did something last quarter, right?
- Have you talked to career services? Career services are a great a resource on any campus. They can help you narrow down your search, proof read, and provide insider information. Also they are normally nice and have candy!
- Have you made cover letters or attended the Career Fair? Both of these are normally first points of contacts. It’s important to appear professional and a person they able to work with. Reminder: no matter how well you look in your resume, companies are looking for someone who will work well in a team.
- Have you said thank you in an email or letter? Most companies meet hundreds if not thousands of potential new employees. It is important to make yourself memorable in a positive light.
- Ok, do you know what you want? Oftentimes this step is also forgotten. Sometimes companies are flexible (especially smaller companies) with start dates, vacation days, pay, and benefits. Have an idea of what YOU want and what other people are being offered.
- Are you sure? For both internships and jobs (especially for big companies) there is a small time between offer and acceptance. Make sure this is what you want to do, whether it’s a job offered for the summer or a job lasting 2 years.
- Did you sign? Oftentimes companies will have you sign a contract of some sort. Make sure you read it and understand the terms. Ask any questions to your HR representative.
- YOU GOT A JOB/INTERNSHIP!!!! YAY! GOOD FOR YOU.
Final remarks: It is important to remember that you will spend more time at work than any other place. There is a lot that goes into a great job besides just the pay and hours. The people you work with, ethics, and company culture are all important things. Whether if you are looking for an internship or job, try to find something that is interesting to you!