We Break Down LinkedIn Data to Make Your Internship Search Smarter
The internship search is a stressful process for any student testing the waters to find their first real professional work experience. Career centers, other students, professors, parents, and the internet all have their opinions on how you should start your search but who is really telling you the right things? Here’s a thought, how about we tap LinkedIn data to see what we can learn from the millions of college students that have already landed internships in the past. Genius!
LinkedIn just released this report on 3 Things Students Need to Know to Land an Internship, and we are here to break it down for you to help you in your internship search.
The first thing you’ll notice from this report is bubbles on a map. The message here is location, location, location. The vast majority of internships are going to be found in the Northeast and West Coast because that’s where a lot of corporate headquarters are located. If you live near a major city, odds of finding an internship are pretty high. Companies like to recruit regionally.
Unfortunately, if you live in the rest of the country that isn’t covered by a pink circle, getting an internship is much more difficult. You’ll likely be doing a lot of off-campus recruiting which isn’t as effective. Your best bet? Find really good local opportunities that may not be with a big name company in a major city but will actually give you some hard skills and real experience. That way you’ll be prepared for when you are looking for an actual job. Any experience is good experience so don’t be dead set on
Your best bet? Find really good local opportunities that may not be with a big name company in a major city but will actually give you some hard skills and real experience. That way you’ll be prepared for when you are looking for an actual job. Any experience is good experience so don’t be dead set on a small set of companies that aren’t located near you.
According to LinkedIn most internship applications start ramping as soon as students get back after Winter Break and peak in March.
Honestly, the best time to apply to internships is any time you have free time. It really becomes a numbers games for most students. You need to constantly be looking for great opportunities and not put it off for a special period of time where you’ll try to cram as many applications in as possible.
Spreading out your applications will also give you time to focus on quality instead of quantity. Don’t wait until March when that final deadline creeps up.
Also don’t feel restricted to internships that are posted in the spring on an official site and then waiting to go through the traditional recruiting process where you’re just part of thousands of other candidates.
Take matters in your own hands and reach out to companies yourself and offer to create your own internships whenever the opportunity appears. Here is a LinkedIn post on a DIY approach to creating your own internship.
LinkedIn also provided a list of common internships by major worth checking out.
We won’t dive into too much detail on the list itself because it is pretty straightforward. Where it gets interesting though is mixing majors with different functions. For example, let’s say you are a computer science major that is interested in a marketing internship because you are really interested in working with marketing data and platforms.
In some ways this could work to your advantage. You’ll stand out from the hundreds of other students that are studying business and marketing. On the other hand, an employer may look at you and think you don’t have the fundamental knowledge to do the job.
The key here is telling your story well where you can explain why you are taking the non-traditional path and provide examples of how you understand a particular industry and role. Going back to our example above, a computer science major that can analyze marketing data in a unique way and present it to a marketer is going to look way more impressive than a marketing major that can recite the 4P’s of marketing.
Good luck! Definite check out the full LinkedIn article for more details. While you’re at it be sure to explore our MindSumo challenges to get real experience for your resume and boost the odds of you landing your dream internship!