“A good system shortens the road to the goal.” - Orison Swett Marden
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According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, their data showed that 72.2% of students who had internship experience during their undergraduate years received job offers post-graduation compared to only 36.5% of those who did not complete one. As a fellow university student, I’ve definitely seen the benefits and valuable learning experiences an internship can provide during those transformative years. However, I have also experienced the stress and overwhelming nature of the internship search process.
When applying to my own internships, there were numerous moving parts that I had to keep track of that were not limited to resumes, cover letter, applications, interviews, and more. This process gets even harder considering the fact that most of the process occurs while having to keep up with university coursework and extracurricular activities. There are various methods that myself and other students used to keep track of all the moving parts such as different software solutions like Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Google Drive folders, and many many documents. However, I found that there was no all-in-one solution where I could keep track of and access all my resources.
This lead me to develop this guide as a way for students to improve upon my experience and keep track of everything related to their internship search process in an efficient manner. In addition, I have also included some of my insights and best practices gathered from myself and peers to help students succeed in their internship process and ultimately obtain their dream internship/post-graduation position.