It’s not too early—not by a long shot—to start your search for a summer 2014 internship. In fact, now’s just when you should start, as you’ll have a much better chance of finding a high-quality experience in line with your interests if you’re looking well in advance. The formal recruiting process often begins as early as September.
The best positions are in high demand; if you put off the search, someone else might nab one that would have been perfect for you. Remember, many companies consider your approach to applying for an internship—along with the internship itself—as some indication of your potential job performance. Procrastination doesn’t reflect terribly well on your organizational and planning capabilities.
So—what do you gain by getting started on your summer 2014 internship search now?
(1) You’ll work with smart, energetic professionals on real, challenging projects at one of Boston’s great companies.
An internship isn’t a mere exercise: It’s a chance to step right into real-world work with real-world colleagues. There’s no better introduction to the professional world.
(2) You’ll discover firsthand what areas of the business best suit your talents and interests.
Interning is hugely instructive: For one thing, it allows you to refine your career aspirations. Tasting directly the atmosphere of a given field—and learning whether it appeals to you—gives you much more substantial criteria upon which to base your academic and professional trajectory.
(3) You may create job opportunities for yourself, given that many Boston companies look to hire fulltime employees from summer internship programs.
It’s not wishful thinking: Internships often bloom into jobs. Consider the employer’s perspective: An intern has already been rigorously vetted, and is intimately familiar with the specific business environment. If you approach your internship with utmost professionalism, you may end up a paid employee. Again, though, that professionalism should start with the application process.
(4) High-school students can gain a competitive edge when applying to colleges and jobs by proving in-depth interest and experience in a career/academic field.
Application committees delight when they see students who’ve shown real initiative by investing time and energy into an internship—particularly one in a trade or discipline they’re considering as a career.
(5) Live at home and benefit from a part-time internship program designed to fit your schedule.
Internship Connection can help you find a flexible interning experience you can pursue even while working or attending school.
(6) Get started now and you’ll be fully prepared.
Internship Connection is an across-the-board approach to career advancement: We help you with vocational guidance, resume and interview preparation, and—of course—landing you an internship. You want plenty of time to reap all the benefits!
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