Competing for Internships in Other Cities

Competing for Internships in Other Cities
Competing for Internships in Other Cities
Because internships are so competitive, college students are starting to apply earlier and earlier in the year, and in their college career, sometimes starting as freshmen. If you want to complete an internship during the summertime, you’re more free to explore opportunities in other cities, which means more places to apply to and more chances of getting accepted. Popular summer internship locations in the United States are big cities like New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Houston, as these metropolitan areas serve as headquarters for entire industries, like media, fashion, law, politics, entertainment, engineering, the arts and more. But if you have to start applying for internships before you leave school for the year — most of the good ones are snapped up in the early spring — it can be hard to compete with students in those cities who have more opportunities for getting face time or who can show up to interviews on short notice.

If you’re looking for an internship in another city, focus your search on openings that are for college students only. These companies expect to receive applications from all over the country and are more understanding when it comes to conducting phone, Skype or e-mail interviews. While it might be easier for them to find references for or schedule an interview with a local student, they’ll still be very likely to consider students from other cities and states as well. Your best defense against the local competition is to apply as early as possible and make contact with hiring managers within the company. Without stalking them or seeming too desperate, connect over Twitter, Facebook and e-mail to express your interest, and be honest about if or when you can show up in person for an interview. If you can’t fly up, be extra accommodating if they express interest in setting up an interview over the phone or Internet. Also be honest when it comes to your summer schedule, and be open with dates that you’re ready to work.

Your main challenge is standing apart from the other applicants coming from other schools and cities, so you’ll have to put in extra effort to make sure your resume and first contact with a company are unique, personable, and professional.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/09/15/competing-for-internships-in-other-cities/

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