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Effective Ways To Land a Great Summer Internship

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Internships are often one of the helpful ways to get hired and land a lucrative career after graduation, which is why students aim to get into at least three internships to gain similar career preparation experiences during college.

Summer is the best time for students to get summer jobs and paid internships; all you need to do is to have a good strategy and work harder. And even if only nearly half of the applicants landed summer work just a decade ago, it does not mean that you should be discouraged. Here are some action plans to help you out for landing an awesome summer job or internship.

Know your target companies and industries

According to Money, it is important for you to know where you need to start. Create a list of places and jobs you are interested in, as well as the skills you want to develop during your internship.

Be strategic

The competition is tough and you need to make actual contact with the hiring managers instead of sending your resumes, according to Forbes. You can also strategize by making use of your network or connections. It is one of the most powerful tools you can take advantage of. Leverage on your relationships.

Pursue your passion

Know what you really want to do and find the internships or jobs that can help hone your skills. This way, you will not feel that your entire internship is dragging and useless. You will not even feel like you are working.

Look close to home

You actually do not have to look too far, because the internships you are looking for might just actually be found right on campus. There are colleges and universities that offer paid campus internships, all you have to do is ask and research.

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