How to Find an Internship (According to UCLA students)

So you’re not trying to wait for your local Denny’s this summer again. That is understandable. You’re a college student. This year is going to be different. This year is the year you’re going to get an internship… right? You’re probably a little bit distressed right now, but chillax. Here’s a puppy. Just kidding. Only employed people get puppies. Cue cymbals. Anyways, without further ado, here is how you will get an internship (no guarantee, but we do try to be as realistic and informative here as possible):

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MOST STUDENTS WILL DO THIS

1. Get a Linkedin. Add your friends. Add your parents. Add your relatives. Add people you know. Complete your profile and actually take a proper photo (selfie ≠ proper).

2. Identify what companies you want to work for.

3. Look up these company/whatever establishment pages on Linkedin and go through the employees page. See if you have any shared connections.

4. Reach out to them! Tell them about your interests and arrange a phone call with them.

5. Network with them. Get a cup of coffee or talk briefly with them on the phone.

6. Politely ask if there are positions available at whatever they’re working for.

7. Get an interview.

8. Get a job offer.

THE LUCKY ONES WILL DO THIS:

1. Inform your parents and/or social circles of your interest in securing an internship.

2. One of these people in the aforementioned groups knows someone. Or knows someone who knows someone.

3. They refer you.

4. Boom. You probably skipped all the other steps and go straight to 8. Lucky you!

There you go millennials. Now get out there and expand your network! Good luck.

by Jerry Cheung

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