It seems like nowadays all everyone in college talks about is internships. It makes sense, as they are a good way to gain experience and to transition from college into career. However, for me and I am sure for many underclassmen, the whole recruitment process can be very daunting. So, I wanted to highlight some tips and tricks I learned from gaining my first internship:
-Get involved! One of the best things about USC is the active student body we have. There are so many different clubs to join, whether that be IM Sports Teams, Consulting Clubs, or Engineering Competitions, they all offer an experience to not just enrich your college experience but your resume as well.
-The Career Center. Take advantage of the USC’s College Career website as well. They offer so many resources, such as Resume workshops, Career Advisement meetings, and many other tips and tricks on connecting to the job market.
-Your Peers. Your friends at USC can be immensely helpful as well, especially the seniors. Reach out to the seniors in your major, they gave me a lot of advice on what companies to look at and alumni to be in touch with!
-Career Fairs. It’s always better to meet a recruiter face-to-face so you can show them your personality. It will make you memorable and is good practice for effectively explaining yourself during interviews!
-Follow-up. A lot of people get discouraged when recruiters don’t respond to their emails, but a lot of them are really busy and lose many emails in their crowded inboxes. Make sure to follow-up every week, it once took me 5 emails to get noticed and get an interview!