A mom reached out that her daughter, Jenna, is in a tailspin. She’s a rising senior at a competitive university and is convinced that “everyone” has an amazing internship this summer… except for her. She tried to get an internship this summer, but it just did not happen.

The mom asks “Can you help her? How will she land a job after graduation if she does not have an internship?”

Deep breaths everyone.

Would it be helpful to have an internship? Yes.

Is it a requirement to land a job after graduation? Not necessarily.

We have learned that companies like to see real-world or practical experience from a candidate. It shows that the grad has learned how to manage in the workplace, deal with unexpected challenges or handle mundane responsibilities.

However, if your student does not have an internship, they need a strategy to close the gap between themselves and other candidates. Here are some ideas for your student on how to move forward and maximize their time this summer:

  1. Micro-Internships. This is a new way for employers to access college students in the workplace. Companies have a backload of work that they need help with that may require little training i.e., creating social media content, financial analysis, lead generation, market research. And these work experiences could happen any time, or over a 1-2 week period, when a candidate has extra capacity. Parker Dewey offers micro internships geared toward college students.
  2. Virtual Experiences. The Forage offers free virtual experiences or job simulations that enable young job seekers to build real-life skills with a window into the company and a preview of their day-to-day. These simulations and trainings are free with open access and provide a certification upon completion specific to that company. This can be an access point to connect with a desired company.
  3. Certifications/Boot-Camps. Enhanced learning beyond the classroom can make a difference in figuring out a career path or gaining an edge in landing a desired job.  Many companies are looking for certifications in areas that enhance classroom learning. Students can focus on areas such as Project Management, Business Analyst, Supply Chain, Marketing and more. 
  4. Part-time jobs. Delivering pizza or scooping ice cream may not be a formal internship but a young adult will learn how to deal with difficult customers or manage cash flow. Help them realize that these experiences are valuable in the real world.
  5. Job Shadow. Do you or your student know someone who has an interesting job and wants to learn more about it? Students can shadow or follow a professional during their work day to learn more about what they do. The knowledge can be invaluable and can lead to an actual role.
  6. Make connections. The more students and grads can network with recent alumni or those that have the job they want, they will have a better understanding of what skills are needed to be successful in the workplace. More importantly, these connections can lead to internships and job opportunities.

And for Jenna, she started networking with fellow alumni and is making progress with new connections. She may just get the internship after all.

If your student is looking for help on how to seek out an internship or if your grad needs help with the job search, we are now accepting registrations for our next Fast-Start Group Coaching program. Contact us for a Complimentary Consultation to learn more.