It’s not too late to land an internship – even for summer. There are still quite a few available… but don’t wait!
This message is for all the runners-up and procrastinators who know how valuable internships are, but still haven’t landed one – yet.
Often, April is the busiest month for internship postings, according to Indeed, which ranks as the top job aggregation site around. “They’re advertising still for summer,” said Mike Steinerd, director of sales recruiting at Indeed.
True, the number of internship jobs declined 7 percent in January and February of this year compared to the same period of 2012, but that followed a near doubling in number from 2011 to 2012, Indeed reported.
If you need a push on applying, consider that 60 percent of students who worked a paid internship received at least one job offer last year. This, compared to 36 percent of those with no internships on their resume who were hired, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
So where are those elusive internships available? Disney, Penske and Oracle have more than a hundred apiece, as does Hewlett Packard.
But the most U.S. internships – more than 200 per employer – can be found at these companies, according to Indeed:
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
That’s a great target list. In fact, the companies in italics here, and throughout this post, made Indeed’s ist for most internships available in 2012 and so far in 2013.
Here’s another one: Look for fast-growing start-ups, on the Inc. 5000 list or in your local business weekly; many of which have grow 100 to 150 percent this past year. They may have been so busy growing that they didn’t think to post internships. Or maybe they considered getting started, but missed deadlines for career fairs on campus.
Smaller organizations may decide later than others that they want an intern. But want them they will. So keep an eye on the listings at your university career services center and on Indeed, suggests Steinerd. Or shoot the CEO a note offering yourself as a go-getter who doesn’t need a job posting to light their way into a great summer job.
You’re not too late. Get started now… and get that summer internship!
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About the Author: Vickie Elmer has worked as an editor in New York City and an activist in Detroit. She’s launched people’s careers and several small businesses – and she documents both areas as a freelance writer who contributes to the Washington Post, Fortune and Fortune.com, Quartz and the Ann Arbor Observer. She also is the principle writer for the WorkingKind blog; she coaches writers on blogging, freelance writing and career strategies. She co-owns and manages Mity Nice, a small social enterprise in Ann Arbor, Mich. that hires teens and supports charities. Follow Vickie on Twitter or on the WorkingKind blog.