How To Best Use Your Career Center Resources As The School Year Kicks Off
During your junior and senior years, take time to check in at the career center as if it were your favorite class, social club, or home away from home. The staff has probably already met you during your freshman or sophomore years, and you may have already experienced several internships. Here are other key tips to most wisely use the career center to help you plan for internships.
- Get to know everyone’s name, the center hours, policies, and procedures. You want them to remember you as well, so when a good internship comes up in your field, you’re the first student they call.
- Stop in and visit the particular counselor(s) you know when the semester starts to say hello, ask about his/her summer vacation, and inquire about any new internship postings. Make your visits short to ensure that you’ll always be welcome.
- Thank the career counselor who helped you get any summer internships. And be sure to give an honest appraisal of your experience to help the career center evaluate each internship.
- You could also write a formal letter of appreciation to the head of the career center, praising the counselor or staffer who helped you. Such a letter to a person’s boss always means even more than a thank-you letter to the person.
- Attend as many career center functions as possible, such as workshops or speaker series. The staff will remember that you took the time to come to its special events when it’s time to assign internships.
- You could also volunteer to help out at these special events or to talk to freshman or sophomore students about your internship experiences. Many career centers are matching upperclassmen with younger students as internship mentors. If you’ve discovered any potential new internships through friends or family, do let the career center know about these possibilities because career centers always need more internships.