As a college student, you should always looking for the next step up on the ladder of success. Spending time in college should be seen as your ‘minor-league’ training for the big leagues. Do your diligence now, get involved, make the right plays, and soon, you’ll have opportunities at the majors. Or in your case, a great marketing internship!
Here are the five critical things you should be doing now to get a shot at a great internship:
- Work Your Online Persona: To land your dream internship, a potential employer has to be able to click to one site and get your full background in a few seconds. Do you have a resume and achievement oriented site up at http//(YourName).com? If not, then start to do this with all the web tools available for creating free – try Do You Buzz for starters.
- Show Volunteerism: Does your resume portray a college student off the grid? Are you a student wholly consumer with your studies, friends and nothing official on campus? Then 2013′s a new time to get involved. Involvement shows initiative, and every employer loves to see initiative.
- Make Better Grades: Are you excelling in your studies? If not, what’s keeping you from fulfilling your grade potential. Meet a counselor. Talk about your desire for internships. The counselor should be able to point toward the best marketing resources to help you in your emerging career.
- Ramp up Your Networking: Are you going to social events that are part of your professional aspirations? Can you get involved in alumni groups? That’s usually the best way to have direct contact with student who are now working in marketing,
- Be Visible Online: You should be connected on social networks with your friends and family, but with organizations, professional groups and businesses to learn about possible insights to marketing internships.
Below is a sampling of marketing internships found at job search engines across the US in the last few weeks. With a little aggressive enthusiasm, one of these marketing internships can be yours!
Marketing and Program Support Internship, National Press Foundation, Washington, DC – If you’re interested in marketing, communication, online media and working with our national thinkers in the press, this great internship should be of interest. Stipend and commitment come together in one great opportunity.
- Field Marketing Interns: National openings – National brand SanDisk (maker of disk drives, SD cards and more) needs interns to work in retail marketing internships around the country. Ideal applicants would work throughout summer 2013 with paid training in its California offices. If you want to get involved in technology from a retail marketing channel point of contact, this is a great opportunity.
- Interactive Marketing/Communications Internship: (New York, NY) Reporting to the National Director of Marketing/Communications, this internship must be a junior or senior in college, with good social media skills and office based computer products.
- Sports Marketing Events Internship: (San Diego, CA) If living in one of the most beautiful US cities and working in sports event marketing is your thing, then this internship for one of American Cancer Society’s initiatives for runners could be an exciting opportunity.
- Communications Intern: (Baltimore, MD) This internship brings a marketing intern to work with Wide Angle Youth Media, a Baltimore non-profit that helps inner-city youth tell stories using media tools and become engaged in their communities.
Every college student in marketing classes should be looking at internships to further their academic career and income opportunities for a summer and beyond. As you learn in the classroom, there are many opportunities to get ‘real world’ experience, as long as you put in the effort to broaden your profile and your horizons. Good luck!