Help I still Need an Internship

First and foremost, today there are more contacts than ever before within the Olin community who can help you make an internship connection.  We have a unique story here, but it’s much easier for you to leverage it if SOMEONE ELSE is telling it for you!   This could be alumni, faculty members, trustees, parents, staff, or company representatives who are familiar with Olin. 

First Steps:

  • Update your resume and your LinkedIn Profile. Have you had someone look at it?  Ask PGP, or a writing tutor. 
  • Check out the PGP News on Friday afternoons. This is where we advertise our hottest leads, and we get new phone calls EVERY DAY from companies looking for Olin students.
  • Log into the Olin JobFinder and also check out the “Jump to Link” to engIN.  MANY unexplored job leads here!

Tips to keep you moving forward in the recruiting process:

  • Follow up with the companies that you were most interested in from both fairs.   First step is always to apply online (especially to the bigger companies that have an online application system).  Apply to any jobs or internships that look appealing and appropriate.  Keep yourself organized - create a spreadsheet or tracking system for what positions you've applied to, and when.  Make a note for when you need to follow up again with each company. 
  • Have you ever heard us say ‘apply to each job twice?’  This is what we mean - now that you've applied on-line, follow up with a person that works in or has a connection to that company.  It could be a recruiter you met at the fair, an Olin alum, a contact of PGP's, a family friend or relative - ANYONE who can call attention to the resume you just submitted to their database.  Go find that stack of business cards that just may be sitting in a drawer, purse, or the pocket of the blazer that you wore that day!   Compose a quick email to the recruiter or person you know at the companies you've applied to, and attach a copy of your resume. The email should be brief but let the person know you are definitely interested in their company. 

 

For example: "Hello Mary, It was great meeting you at the Olin Career Fair last week. I was the one who talked to you about ABC.  I really enjoyed learning about all the great new products TNT is developing and would love the opportunity to further discuss the  internship program that you have available for Summer 2016. I have applied on your website to these requisitions - [list them by name or by number] - and I am also attaching a current version of my resume. I wanted to check in with you and see what you might suggest as a next step. 

 

I can best be reached by email or cell on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3 PM,   and I look forward to hearing from you soon! "

  • If it is an alum that you need to contact, read this blog post first about how to approach that person about working at their company.  Turns out in that case they’d often prefer you contact them BEFORE applying online.  Also, don't assume they will refer you JUST BECAUSE you're from Olin.  Suggest a phone conversation or in-person meeting so that you may spend a little time with the person, and they can learn a bit more about you and your technical abilities.   And hopefully they will then feel more comfortable referring you. 

Explore Your Opportunities:

  • Go to the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) web site to search summer undergraduate research opportunities at colleges and universities across the country.
  • Visit the web sites of colleges or universities near locations you're interested in. Look at what faculty are researching; if something interests you, contact the faculty member directly, usually via email. Of course, this kind of unsolicited inquiry requires preparation on your part - you only get one chance to make a first impression.
  • Research a company that sounds interesting to you by viewing its web site and searching for internship opportunities, usually in the “Employment” section.
  • Search a product, technology, field, or any other Key Word on your favorite search engine and see what companies come up.

Network - If they don't know, they can't assist you!

  • Tell your advisor and other Olin faculty and staff members what you are interested in doing, and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open for an opportunity.
  • Share your interests with Olin classmates and ask them to keep you in mind as they conduct their own internship and research exploration.   Ask upperclassmen in the same major what they did last year – see if they will refer you to that company, particularly if it’s a smaller one that others may not think to apply to…
  • Talk with your friends, your friends' parents, your parent's friends, your aunts, uncles... (you get the idea) about your interest in an internship or research experience.
    • Be able to explain, in general terms, what you'd like to do, e.g., "I'm interested in learning more about materials science." You may need to explain, "Which means... "for the layperson.
  • Participate in on and off-campus events where you're likely to meet engineers and people who work at organizations that interest you.
  • Schedule a meeting with PGPor join us for Office Hours on Thursday mornings in the dining hall before 10 AM.

*TIP OF THE DAY* Don’t stop talking to people!  As Sally likes to say, get informational interviews whenever you can and ask people about their company, their jobs and their career paths.  You will learn so much by doingthis.  You never know who you might get connected to, or what you may learn from a meeting like this.Finding a job is like having a job – it takes time!

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