Tips for Finding Your Dream Internship (and Avoiding Scams)

Avoiding Questionable Internships

Unfortunately, there are scams to watch out for as you search for internships.  Anything that seems questionable is usually one you will want to avoid applying for. Some things to avoid when looking for internships include:

  • If the internship location is in a bad neighborhood or in a person’s home.
  • If the employer asks you to pay a fee or send money in order to apply.
  • If an employer doesn’t ask you to complete an application or submit a resume.
  • If the employer asks you for any personal information not included on a standard resume.
  • If you’ve never heard of the company and can’t find any information on-line on an official company website.
  • If you get a bad vibe when it comes to the internship listing, the requirements, or the people it is usually a good idea to forfeit the opportunity and begin looking for another.

How to Learn More About a Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Legitimate companies put their information out there and don’t require money to learn more about their internship program before you even know what the company is about. You can also ask the company to provide you with a list of references, including people they’ve done business with who can provide a basic foundation for identifying if an employer is legitimate or not.  A quick search on-line can usually lead to finding an official company website and you can also look for on-line reviews of a company on websites such as Google and Yelp.

Now that you are prepared to search for real internship opportunities, what are some tips to acquiring that dream internship jobs?

#1 – Plan Ahead:

Start looking in February for a Summer internship, August for Fall internships, and October for a Spring semester internship.  Allow ample time to have to send out multiple applications and complete several rounds of interviews, if necessary.

#2 – Attend Career/Internship Fairs:

Career and internship fairs offer job seekers a chance to make a lasting impression on employers by interacting with them personally—it is impossible to make this type of connection when submitting a resume on-line. In addition, meeting a job recruiter for a company in-person could potentially make up for what your resume lack as you may can show your personality and professionalism. Career fairs allow you to dress, talk, and present yourself in a memorable way – after all, this could ultimately allow you to get your foot in the door with a company that interests you.

#3 – Network:

Take advantage of opportunities to build relationships with prospective employers. Swapping business cards and following-up with an employer after a career fair allows you to demonstrate your interest in their company, while also helping you stand out above other job seekers. Finally, speak with families, friends, faculty, academic advisors, and career counselors in the Student Academic Career Services Office about what type of internship interest you.

Now you’re ready to apply, don’t wait till last minute!

 

By: Severine Tamekloe

Thinking About Getting Involved?

Getting involved on campus is about preparing yourself for your future. By being a member of a student organization, you will have opportunities to network with professionals, enhance social and communication skills, enhance your resume, and gain lifelong friendships. It is even better when you are involved in an organization that focuses specifically on your major. The opportunity are endless; you could be able to learn new skills, explore your interests, develop leadership skills, continue your athletics, create new technologies, perform, debate, dance, play, read, teach etc.  If you missed the Fall Involvement fair, don’t worry – there is always Spring Involvement Fair.

The Spring Involvement Fair will host 300 student organizations. The date of the Involvement Fair is Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm in the University Union. Organizations pertaining to every area of study the university has to offer will be present; however, there are specific organizations within the College of Business and Economics (CBE) that may interest you.

In the College of Business and Economics, there are 17 student organizations:

Business Administration

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enactus
  • Fashion Business Tigers

 

  • Finance

–      Financial Management Association

–      TU Investment Group

–      Real Estate Club

  • Human Resources

–      Society for Human Resource Management

  • Legal Studies
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Marketing
  • American Marketing Association
  • Project Management

–      Project Management Association

Accounting

–      Towson University Society of Accountancy

–      Beta Alpha Psi — Iota Zeta Chapter

–      National Association of Black Accountants

 

Business Systems & Processes

  • E-Business Association

Economics         

  • Economics Society

Public Speaking

  • Toastmasters

Additional Organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Psi – Fraternity
  • Beta Gamma Sigma – Business Honor Society

 

Remember, being involved in different organization shows employers that you are involved and have the type of leadership skills, and the soft skills they are seeking for. So start yours today!

 

By: Severine Tamekloe

Tips for Finding Internships

Have you begun to apply for internships yet? Even if you have, do you know how to search properly for internships in your field? Not every internship that you come across is right for you, and it is important to know the difference between a good internship and a bad one.

Searching For Internships

Internships are very important because they are the start of your career, in a sense. You always want to make sure that your search is thorough, no matter what your major/ minor is. Towson senior Tosin Motajo recommends that you should always start your search to get ahead of the competition and to be able to plan for the future. You never want to wait until the last minute to apply for an internship because that shows the employer that you aren’t very proactive; in addition, spots fill up fast, so it’s possible you miss an opportunity. Tosin also offered the suggestion of looking beyond the job description and doing more research on the culture of the company to ensure that it is indeed a good match for you. Being comfortable in your work environment is very important regarding your success with the company.

Another Towson senior, Reggie Ware, stated that he felt that the different databases such as Handshake and LinkedIn are also very helpful when conducting your internship search. Being able to personalize your search based on your requirements allows you to match up perfectly with different employers, which leads to a higher percentage of success. Reggie also suggests that you aim for companies that tend to partner with Towson University. Again, this raises your success rate for getting the internship, as well as excelling in the position. A good way to get to know some of the companies that Towson partners with is by attending career fairs; they are a great networking opportunity that allows you to talk to various employers and get your name into the circuit.

All of these tips are helpful when searching for internships whether they are required or not. Remember that internships are a major part of your career advancement and that you should always take them seriously.

Enjoy your break Tigers!

 

By: David Dasher