Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

The internship search process

So I’ve talked a bit about my experiences at my internship, but I’m sure a lot of you are more interested in another aspect of the internship process. That’s why today I will try to give some advice on how to find and obtain an internship for the summer.

First off, in this process, quantity does trump quality. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to submit subpar applications as long as you meet a certain quota you’re satisfied with. But please do not put all your eggs into one basket and focus on making one application perfect while neglecting all other opportunities. Companies, especially the larger ones, receive thousands of applications for their internship programs. Beating these odds means casting a net wide enough so that you may possibly fall on the favorable side of a few of these companies. So send your resumes out there. The worst case scenario is that they reject you (something that I have experienced countless times) and you are no worse off than before. There are a plethora of tools out there to help aid you in finding where to apply. Careerbeam constantly posts job opportunities as well as many other websites online. Furthermore, if there is a company that you would like to work for, chances are there is an internship program in place that you can apply for on the company website.

Finally, you have to consider using your network to your advantage. Attending Babson puts us in a unique position that most students are unable to access. We have a very strong and successful group of alumni that we can always reach out to with advice on our career goals as well as internship inquiries. Furthermore, if you are not comfortable with contacting strangers, you can always utilize the Babson community where we have students from various backgrounds.