Are You Checking Out the Internships on iTrack?
I've taken a hiatus from actually writing blog entries, but I'm back! Its surely a "Monday" for me today -- but that doesn't mean that the rest of the week can't be outstanding. ;)
This message is mostly for first year students at SI, but the advice to be given could be for second years also who are thinking about their full-time job search. I don't think a lot of first year students are looking at Internships on iTrack yet, but they should be. You don't need to be applying for internships yet (except those ones with really early deadlines), but there are many internships that are getting posted that are for positions outside of Ann Arbor or even Michigan that are current internships. Don't ignore those positions! Read the descriptions and if you think, "That's the type of internship that I would like to do next summer!", scroll down to the bottom of the job posting and add the internship/organization to your Favorites (click on the + Add to Favorites button). Check the date on when the posting is going to expire; if it’s soon, you'll want to make a copy of it and save it in your files (or at least the Job ID number). You can always retrieve the position from the "Archived Employer Contacts And Jobs/Internships" tab on iTrack under Jobs --> iTrack Jobs.
Basically, what I'm saying is that positions that are posted now are going to be available in the summer also. So if the position is right for you right now, but the timing isn't, make note for later. Or even better, contact the contact now and let them know that you are really interested in the position, but are interested for summer (or another term) and inquire about when they will be accepting applications for that time period.
Back to the second year students. These same rules apply for full-time job searching. If there's a position at an organization that are interested in now, let the contact know! Is unlikely that they'll hold the position for you until April or May (especially this early in the year), but they may know about another position that will be opening up in a few months that is similar or even better suited for you. It never ever hurts to ask -- and it helps to develop rapport and get the organization familiarized with your name and qualifications. This is especially a good tactic if you are targeting a specific geographic area or institution.
Posted by kkowatch at September 29, 2008 11:50 AM