Summer internships create opportunities for psychology students to enhance their educational endeavors and find a good job after graduation. Summer internships provide on the job experience, a necessary requirement when entering today’s competitive job market. Students can benefit from summer internships by attaining marketable job skills, networking and learning the ins and outs of their chosen field.
Before looking for internships, psychology students should know what kind of internship they are interested in undertaking. Wasting time on unrelated fields will not help the a student in his or her future job search. All students should know what their objectives are for obtaining a summer internship.
Many summer internships for psychology students are unpaid. Being open-minded about not getting paid for a summer will greatly increase the chances of finding an internship. A few internships for students do offer payment and some can be applied towards tuition credit. But it is best to be prepared for an unpaid internship.
To find summer internships, students should first look in their department at school. Instructors and department heads may have information on companies that are hiring summer interns. They may also be able to provide contact information that can aid in the search.
The college’s career service center is also a good resource for finding summer internships. They will have inside knowledge on who is looking for interns and companies that would be a good fit for students.
Psychology students can also find guidebooks that offer details on summer internships. Internship websites are plentiful and provide good resources for psychology students. Some employers will advertise directly with the college. Colleges usually hold at least one annual career or internship fair per semester.
Another good method for finding a summer internship is to network with friends, family and former co-workers. Parents of students can also network within their work and social groups. Networking can open the door to more opportunities that students may have missed in their original search. Diligence is necessary when networking. It’s good to be persistent but not annoying. This means not calling the company everyday but checking in weekly to inquire about open positions or updates on the hiring process.
Another tip for landing a summer internship is to have a professional and updated resume and cover letter. A cover letter should showcase the skills acquired while completing a psychology degree program along with key reasons the student should be hired.
Psychology students have a number of options available to them when searching for summer internships. To be successful, students should do the necessary research, put forth constant and solid efforts in networking and applying for positions. Hard work will likely land students their chosen summer internship.