Is your college kid looking for a summer internship?

Is your college kid looking for a summer internship?

Here are some tips:

Do a general Google search -your town, summer internship, college major or job title. (Depending on where you live, there may or may not be opportunities close to home. It’s good if they can live at home though. Otherwise you have to find summer housing and pay for it.)

Using indeed dot com is a great start. Use keywords such as “summer” “internship” and “entry level”-that one may be a checkbox.

The college career center should have a relationship w handshake or some other online service where employers who recruit from your college post job opportunities thru the college.

Once your teen finds a company with an internship that fits, look through the rest of the summer internships with that company. There are usually other internship positions your teen will qualify for.

The Majority of Online applications are using an “applicant tracking system” to screen applications and resumes. It has to get passed the ATS before it gets into human hands. -Use as many relevant keywords from the job description in the resume.
-Use simple resume formatting. Get too fancy and the computer may not pick up on the important stuff.

Don’t forgo USAJOBS as another internship route. But for this, and any website with a dot gov (such as NASA) they’ll need a Federal Resume. That’s an entirely different animal. But… if they can get a Pathways Internship through USAJOBS then your kid is golden going forward. It’s very hard to land and employers outside of it put a lot of weight on that internship for post graduate employment.

I teach all of this, including how to find additional scholarships, in my college level Cracking the Code to Free College program.


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