A helpful checklist from the ‘@InternQueen’
By Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder Writer
As the first signs of the coming spring begin to appear, many college students would rather be out enjoying the warming weather than thinking about their future careers. But with spring quickly approaching, so are deadlines for summer internships. If you think that internships aren’t absolutely necessary until after college, think again. Sure, companies may not require them, but if you’re up against 50 other candidates, all of whom have specific industry experience they’ve acquired through internships, your chances of securing a job greatly decline.
Lauren Berger understood that all too well, and she decided to do something about it. Berger, the self-proclaimed “Intern Queen,” took control of her career destiny early on in college by understanding the importance of internships. In her new book, “All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience,” Berger shares tips on the world of internships, largely based on her own experience, having completed a whopping 15 internships throughout college.
Often, the hardest part about pursuing an internship is knowing where to start. Berger suggests creating the “Intern Queen Dream List,” which is a “road map for the entire application process.” Here is an outline of what Berger suggests including in the list: