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This article appeared in a March 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
Internships are a great way to build new skills, boost your resume and explore different careers. Internships can also lead to a full-time job. In fact, 7 in 10 internships do!
During the summer, internships for college students are especially plentiful. Some internships are paid, like Exxon Mobil's Community Summer Jobs Program, while other internships are unpaid but prestigious, such as working for a senator or member of Congress.
Internships.com is a great resource for internship opportunities. You can refine your internship search based on your college major, location, desired company, compensation, etc. There are literally hundreds of postings in Dallas County alone.
The colleges of the DCCCD also offer online job banks for students, work study jobs on campus and career fairs every semester.
A career coach can help you with your internship or job search.
The colleges of DCCCD provide free career planning and job search services. This includes everything from resume help and interview practice to career assessment testing. These free services are open to students and community members.
The saying "you snooze, you lose" is common for a reason. If you wait too long to apply for an internship you will probably walk away empty-handed.
Many summer internship applications close in April and May. Also, some internships require a reference letter or writing sample with your application. These are the types of things you do not want to leave until the night before! If you want a summer job or internship, start your search today.
Finally, it is important to protect yourself during an internship or job search. Here are a few simple tips to put into practice (and some red flags to beware of) when job searching.