Hi! It’s Angie and I’m here to tell you about that thing on all of our plates: internships. Yeah I know you just did a really deep sigh, but I’m here to give you some tips. If you’re a freshman or a senior starting a new year, get your Callisto on point! It’s the Career Center’s main interface and your source for internships. Of course there are other sources out there, but I can tell you employers are looking specifically for Berkeley students on that website. So, step one is to get your Callisto up and running.
The second step is to figure out the type of internship you want. What kind of people do you want to work with, and what environment (i.e. in an office or somewhere in the mountains where you can grow a beard, we don’t judge) would you feel best in? All of these questions will help you narrow down your search. What you might be interested in might surprise you as well as what is available to you. It’s going to sound cheesy but shoot for the stars with internships! The career you want has many paths for you to get there, so take some risks and have a bit of fun when checking out the internships.
The third step is to get your resume ready, which is what the Career Center is for in case you couldn’t tell by title. Peer advisers, like me, and our staff counselors can help you get your resume looking better than a large pepperoni pizza, or at least pretty close. Come in for drop in’s from 12-4pm Monday through Friday to see a peer advisor, or make an appointment online with a counselor and you’ll be on your way to creating a strong resume.
Lastly, reach out and network! Attend info sessions, career fairs, etc. This may seem like the most frightening thing, but it gets easier once you start. Again, if you need help with anything, visit the Career Center website and come see us in person!