Where the Internships Are
Internships are everywhere and nowhere. It depends on your perspective and your approach.
For a lucky few, internship opportunities fall into their laps; for most students, the process takes time, legwork and diligence. Take heart and have confidence that this is doable. There is an organization that will be delighted to have you as an intern and that you’ll be enthusiastic about interning with. Your task for now is to find that place.
So where do you look? Here are some places to start exploring.
The SOC Careers Website – These are opportunities with employers whom we know, who have heard of us, or who have hired LUC students in the past. There are no guarantees that these positions haven’t been filled (if you learn that one has, let us know), but this is the place we update regularly with opportunities as learn about them. Keep checking back for new postings. And act fast if you see something that interests you.
Ramblerlink – This is Loyola’s job and internship database for all undergraduate students. You’ll have to search a bit and slice and dice the data, but you will find communication, journalism and Ad/PR internships here at times as well. This site is also a great tool to get acquainted with in advance of your search for a post-graduation job.
Your Network – (i.e. everyone you know and everyone they know) – Many internships lurk under the radar. They don’t get published publicly. They are shared though conversations and other informal channels. Do the people in your network know you are looking for an internship? Tell them you are, seek their help and see where doing so takes you. Your parents, their friends, your instructors, your former supervisors from other jobs, advisors, etc. are all part of your network. Let them know what kinds of internships you find intriguing and ask what they would do if they were you. And be sure to follow through. Reach out to anyone they suggest or send you to right away. Many internship positions are acquired through the “who you know” and “right place right time” dynamic.
Organization Websites – Visit the careers section of the websites of companies and non-profits you find interesting. Don’t see internships offered? Pick up the phone, call the HR department and ask. Large companies and agencies often hire interns on a strict schedule so make a note and adhere to any deadline or application process information provided.
Other Students – A Loyola student may be working your dream internship right now. Keep your ears perked. If you hear of someone interning at a place of interest to you, ask about it. For example, see if she will tell you how she got the position and what advice she might have for you. Employers are often delighted when a star intern recommends a classmate to serve as the next intern.