Now that you have figured out what kind of internship you want to do this summer, it is time to start looking for them. But before you start looking, do these first:
Consider carefully WHERE you want to do an internship
As you think about where you want to be this summer, remember that housing can be very difficult to find for short-term internships, especially in cities like New York City and Washington, DC. Keep this in mind as you search for internships: only apply for those internships in areas in which you know you can find housing, such as staying with friends or family.
Polish up your professional image
Before reaching out to new contacts and applying for internships, be sure you are representing yourself in the best light.
The best source of internships for Sewanee students is TigerNet, Sewanee’s internships and jobs database (login with your Sewanee email address and use your Banner ID as your password.) TigerNet is the only place to find and apply for ACE (A Career Exploration) internships, opportunities (paid and unpaid) that are available exclusively to Sewanee students, offered by alumni, parents, or friends of the University. ACE internships can be applied for directly on TigerNet (note the deadlines: some internships have deadlines as early as February 1!), although most have a deadline of February 16, 2015.
Helpful hint: Read about the ACE internship experiences of many Sewanee students by reading their summer internship reports.
NOTE: All non-ACE internships that are listed on Tigernet are not screened by The University of the South. Students are responsible for researching this program and, especially in the case of international internships, should be diligent about researching conditions in the country and location where the internship will be held.
Also, all of the University’s campus summer jobs are posted on TigerNet, so if you want to apply for any jobs in Sewanee over the summer, apply via TigerNet. They are usually posted in March, so check regularly to see new postings and deadlines for each job.
TigerNet ACE Application Tips:
SEWANEE FACULTY: Research Assistantships
If you’d like to do academic research on campus this summer, ask a faculty member if this could be a possibility. Dozens of students work alongside their professors during the summer, learning the rigors and methodologies involved in academic research in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences. If you and your professor agree that you will be their research assistant this summer, you will need to get a letter/email of confirmation from them and apply for research assistantship funding by the funding application deadline.
SEWANEE ALUMNI via the SEWANEE GATEWAY
The best way to find internships is within your personal network of family and friends. The next best way is to search for Sewanee alumni on LinkedIn or on the Sewanee Gateway, the online directory of all Sewanee alumni. Login with your Sewanee email address, and your Banner ID as your password (if you are a first-year student, please come the Career & Leadership Development to get access.)
Using the Advanced Search feature, you can search for alumni with careers in your interest area, who work in organizations/companies that you interested in, and/or who live in the city in which you would like to do an internship. You can them email or call them to ask them for information about their careers, internship opportunities, and advice.
Once you’ve identified a person you want to contact, write a professional-sounding email that expresses your interest. Be prepared for a slow response (you may not hear back for a week or more). If you do not hear back at all, don’t take it personally; just move on to the next contact on your list.
Example of a Sewanee alumni email
Dear Ms. Jones:
I’m a sophomore Anthropology major, and found your name on the Sewanee Gateway, the online alumni directory. I understand that you work for CNN, my favorite news source. Since I am very interested in broadcast journalism and would love to learn more about the field and hear your ideas about how to prepare for a possible career in it. I am also interested in internships and would like to know if you have any suggestions about finding ones that could provide me with some excellent experience this summer.
Do you have time for a quick informational phone call in the next week or two? Please let me know if/when you’re available. I would truly appreciate any advice you’d be willing to share with me.
Thanks in advance,
Ella Alvarez, C’17
Once you’ve established a connection with a contact or organization, be prepared to provide a resume or other application materials. Promptly respond to emails or voicemails, and send a thank-you note/email within 24 hours of any networking or interviewing activity. Be sure to update all your contacts about what you end up doing this summer; maintaining a relationship with them could be helpful later.
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, is a powerful tool to gain knowledge of an industry, to research companies, and to find and utilize contacts. Under the Jobs tab, do a keyword search for “Internships.”
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES