It’s February, aka the month that students realize that, if they want a summer internship, they better start looking now. It’s a month of hastily filled out forms, last-minute begging of professors, and a slew of tears and stress. But I’m here to tell you: it doesn’t have to be this way.
A few weeks ago in January, I received an email from a digital marketing firm, Mannix Marketing, inviting me to work for them this summer. It’s around 40 hours a week and, better yet, paid. So how did I do it? Did I sprinkle magical pixie dust on myself or find a genie in a bottle to grant my wish? No. Getting a summer internship is actually much simpler than you think. If you follow these steps over the next few days I guarantee you that you will be in a good spot to find the internship of your dreams.
Some things to first keep in mind:
1. The opportunities available differ drastically from major to major. While this plan works well with communications, business and engineering majors, I can’t guarantee this is a one-size-fits-all plan. Get creative with your plan.
2. The people at the Career Center are amazingly helpful. Make sure you go in and visit the Career Center if you’re lost or confused.
3. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get an internship this year. Some things take time, and this article might be a wake up call to prepare yourself for next summer, armed with new knowledge and confidence.
Most importantly, trust God. I cannot stress this element enough. You may want to intern for the U.S. government, but God may have an entirely different plan altogether. Maybe he wants you to be a camp counselor or work in that local pizza store you pass everyday. Or, conversely, your plan could line up with the desires of God. You could get your dream job without a hitch. Whatever his plan for you is, know that it is altogether much better than the plans you originally had in mind. When I started hunting for an internship, I had no idea Mannix Marketing even existed. Now, I get the amazing opportunity to work for them!
It may be hard to understand why things happen now, with clouded vision and narrow focus. It may seem like you aren’t getting where you need to be, but God has a funny way of working in the most mysterious ways. If you submit to him and his will (however strange or scary it is!) I guarantee that God will put you on the path you need to get on.