Starting the Semester with a Bang: A How To

By Terri Burns, CAS Class of 2016 and NYU Wasserman Peer in Career Member

Alas… the beginning of a new semester!  You’ve already packed your bags, said farewell to Mom’s cooking, ta-ta to your hometowns, and Californians have grudgingly fled the warmth. Now’s the time we remember that deep in our laptops, buried beneath those Facebook, Buzzfeed, and Twitter tabs that consumed us all break, there’s a resume ready to be touched up.  Whether or not you’ve spent your winter break scouring the Internet for summer internships or whether you’ve used it to search for summer vacation spots, this is how you can start the semester with a bang:

  • Look over your resume

Even if you did not look at your resume once this break, now’s a great time to let a set of fresh eyes glance over it.  Have a roommate, old professor, or friend look over it for feedback, and be sure to add any volunteer experience you completed over break.

  • Reflect

Think about your past experiences and use this reflection to plan the kind of internships you’d like to have this summer. What worked well for you in the past? What didn’t?  What are you looking to get out of an internship? Where do you want to spend your summer? How can you best complement your skills, experience, and interests?

  • Make a Timeline

Application deadlines will creep up before you know it! Compile a list of potential internships and organize it according to deadlines so that you can be sure not to miss any opportunities.

  • Reach Out

Before the semester gets too hectic, be sure to connect with people who can write recommendations for you.  Use this time to grab a lunch, say hello, or express gratitude to those who have helped or will help you.

  • Keep Your Options Open

Remember that internships are a great time to learn, gain experience, meet interesting people, and contribute to a field in which you’re interested.  They are also a time to gain knowledge about something, so be sure to keep your options open!

  • Apply

Submit applications, of course! There’s still time to squeeze in an internship application or two as you find yourself prepping for midterms, but things get busy.  Why not take advantage of the time now?

  • Call or Skype with a Wasserman Counselor

And of course… Log into Career Net to explore the wide range of career advice! You can also book an in-person appointment with a counselor for a 30-minute session!

Use these tips to stay organized and prepare for the weeks ahead.  Before you know it, the snow will be replaced with sunshine, and hopefully you’ll have a bright, productive summer to look forward to. Good luck with spring semester!

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