How to get an internship in community college?
The Internship Recruiting Pipeline At Four Year Universities
To begin explaining how a community college student can begin to approach an internship application, it’s helpful to define the list of opportunities available to students to students at four year universities to see how we can mirror this experience at the community college level.
On Campus Recruiting
Online Job Portals enable students to review and apply to internship opportunities from a large list of companies that recruit on campus. Through online job portals exclusive to university students, students have the opportunity to apply, interview, and land internships.
Careers fairs enable students to learn about opportunities and provide their resumes to recruiters from companies who recruit on campus. In general, these events attract thousands of students and only provide a small window of opportunity for students to make an impression on a recruiter. Even so, the opportunity to get your resume in the hands of a recruiter is a big first step in the recruitment process!
Networking events enable students to learn more about the operations, culture, and opportunities available at hiring companies from professionals who currently work in the industry. These events are a terrific way to make a personal connection to seasoned professionals who can help guide your internship application process and endorse you to hiring managers and other team members at their company.
Many professors were experienced professionals in industry before turning to life in academia. Your professor can be an excellent resource to understand more about the career you’re interested in and provide you references and endorsement to speak with professionals in the industry.
Beyond all the resources available to students at their universities, many students still create opportunities on their own. The opportunities to meet potential connections are infinite. “Coffee chats”, meetups, volunteer work, and the brute force cold call are among the many ways students open doors in the pursuit for an internship.
With the resources online to learn new skills and apply them to pursue a business venture, many students find it prudent to start their own enterprise. E-commerce businesses, photography services, tutoring services, Kickstarter campaigns, an Etsy shop, and more are all business ventures commonly explored in college.
The Internship Recruiting Pipeline At Community Colleges
We’ve outlined the opportunities from the most effective to least effective strategies in obtaining an internship during community college. (The ordering of this list is purely empirical based on experiences with students we’ve worked with over the past years)