Get the Most Out of Summer Information Sessions

The summer is just heating up, but it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter internships.  There are currently 27 opportunities available through the summer recruiting program. Students can apply for positions through DartBoard, an online database of jobs and internships available for Dartmouth students.  Applications for positions listed through the on-campus recruiting program are due July 8 at midnight. (You can also find over 3,000 additional internships through DartBoard’s Job Search and Internships tabs.) 

Unsure what kind of an internship you are looking for?  Want to learn more about what differentiates firms in similar industries?  Sign up to attend on-campus information sessions to meet current employees, learn about the nature of work that companies do, and get your own questions answered. Information sessions start Tuesday, June 25 and run through July 11.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of on-campus information sessions:

1. Plan in advance

Check out the calendar on the Career Services website for up-to-date information about which companies will be visiting campus and when they have scheduled information sessions for students.

2. Show up on time

Arriving on time or a little early not only prevents you from standing in the back of the room during an information session, but gives you time for informal networking with company representatives.  You’ll need time to sign-in and collect your name tag as well, so don’t cut it too close!

3. Dress appropriately

The dress code for most information sessions is business casual.  It’s not too early to make a good impression, but especially in the summer, think khakis over suit pants.

4. Be an informed attendee

Do a little background research.  Surf the company’s website before the event so that you have a general idea about what day-to-day business might be like and what sorts of skills the employer may be looking for.  Bring a notepad as well so that you can jot down information that is helpful for your application.

5. Ask questions

Heard horror stories from friends that worked 80 hour weeks during their off-campus internship?  What about friends that spent their time bored and surfing Facebook?  Ask questions from potential employers about the hours, responsibilities, and work environment for interns.  Would you be working with a team or largely on your own, how many positions is the employer looking to fill, and are there any specific skills that the employer is looking for?  Responses to questions like these can help you tailor your cover letters and resume as well.

Don’t feel like you need to do everything.  Go to the information sessions that you are most interested in and follow-up with friends who attended other sessions to learn about those companies as well.  You won’t be closed out of an opportunity because you missed the information session.  Finally, sessions are scheduled to last one hour and should not overlap, but if a particular session is running over-time, it’s okay to leave!  

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