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Academic Search Engine Knobull Promotes Internships For Enhanced Career Growth

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BOSTON - Amzeal -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced. "You stand the best chance of finding the perfect internship if you employ several different strategies. Networking, looking for internship postings, identifying potential employers through classified ads, the LinkedIn postings, or by searching online are all ways to begin conducting your internship search. Knobull offers Career Planning and Academic Coaching programs to support the search for an internship process. Finding an internship requires planning, but the results are definitely worth the effort. Here are recommendations for those seeking a successful internship."

Be aware that certain industries and internships have early deadlines and recruit and hire as early as November. Beginning your internship search during winter break affords you additional lead time. It can also give you the opportunity to make valuable connections with alumni or professionals within organizations of interest prior to returning to college. You can check with your college's Career Services Office for assistance and to find out which internships recruit early.

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Decide what you want to do, but don't worry about being too specific. Gaining experience in a number of career fields is ideal if you are unsure about the career you want to pursue. Think about what you enjoy and how that might parlay into a career.  Do you enjoy watching shows on finance and investing? Home improvement? History? Are you interested in making a difference in the world? Internships can give you exposure to opportunities and a chance to sample new and exciting career fields.

Speak with family, friends, faculty, college advisors, and counselors at your college about what type of internship you want and when and where you want to do it. Ask them for names and contact info of several of their connections to keep this process going. For advise on this process visit the Knobull Contact page.

Contacting alumni from your college and doing informational interviews can provide you with valuable information on career options and internships that you can pursue. Be sure to send a thank you note to them for sharing their time and expertise.

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Contact your Career Services Office at your college to see if they have recommended internship resources that you might use or subscribe to. Also set up a LinkedIn profile and get active on the network.

Internship.com specializes in internships only and is a good place to begin your search. Also visit company websites and online and offline  classified ads to identify employers who may be interested in internship candidates.

Bentley concluded, "New graduates and those experiencing career change can also try internships to gain perspective on new career fields and develop new knowledge and skills. Internships can be the bridge between an unsatisfying career and a potentially new and exciting venture. You can use internship and job search databases to identify organizations that meet your criteria."

Source: Knobull, Inc.
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