Internships, resumes freshman year?!?!?!

<p>WOWWW I was at a class today and we had a guest speaker who told us that we basically need to start internships NOW and if we dont we are basically screwed. On top of that, the speaker and the professor told us that we also had to start resumes freshman year....k and they are makingus go to this career fair dressed up in suits and dresses. WTH?@$(^! PLEASE TELL ME THAT THEY ARE JUST BEING PARANOID?! I mean cmon im a freshman that seems just a little bit high strung. This only makes things worse for me bc I was going to try and transfer to somewhere else yeah anyone have any comments on this?</p>

<p>what university/college are you at currently?</p>

<p>The norm for most driven students would be getting an internship the summer of your 3rd year.</p>

<p>If you can get one the summer of your 2nd year, thats even better - but most people don't. I would try to get a job though related to something you like at least - i.e. if you're majoring in accounting, try to get a job working at an accountants office even if its fetching coffee or filing.</p>

<p>I've been in school three weeks... I don't have anything to PUT on my resume.</p>

<p>Do resumes in college work like high school ones?</p>

<p>At my college, they encourage most of the Freshman to get into some type of internships. I know a lot of kids last year who got great internships althought they had just finished their freshman year. One girl got an internship on Wall Street with a great stipend amount and some other Fortune 500 companies hired some.</p>

<p>for your first two years, do something with your summer that is FUN.</p>

<p>You will not be at any sort of disadvantage whatsoever no matter what you do with the summers after your freshman/sophomore year.</p>

<p>You will be at a bit of a disadvantage if you don't do something serious after junior year, but you can worry about that when junior year rolls around. I found this out the hard way - senior year and the job search comes up for me, and not having had a "serious" internship made me miss out on some great jobs.</p>

<p>In the meantime, before any of that, just go do something you like. The school year is stressful enough. If you need spending money for the year, live at home and work in a restaurant or local business and save everything. If you want experiences, use one of the many services out there that will send students abroad, and go work at some place in southern France or rural England for the summer. Go be a forest ranger in Hawaii. But for goodness sakes, don't feel pressured to go be a gopher in some accounting firm just because someone stood up and told you.</p>

<p>Junior year is when you should first start thinking about this. Junior year. Everything else is vanity.</p>


<p>Freshman year is pushing it a bit, but yeah you should be asking people and thinking about what you're planning to do some day.</p>

<p>I don't sister at UF has already had an internship with The World Aids Marathon, Merrill Lynch, and started a club, Student Finance Group, all before her junior year. Lucky me, now my parents expect me to do the same...</p>

<p>Join clubs, start community service projects, show leadership. it's really not that hard. For example, the brokerage internships with Merrill Lynch are fairly easy to get.</p>

<p>i agree with waiting till junior year. but in order to be qualified for internship what do we do fresh/soph years?</p>

<p>^ Join clubs, start community service projects, show leadership yo. </p>

<p>Any expressed interest in the field you want to intern in will help. Just try things out and think about what you want to be doing in the future. Things tend to fall into place (if you put a little effort into things). </p>

<p>Also, depending on what you end up majoring in, there's a big chance there'll be a club on campus which corresponds to the field you want to go into and which will help with the internship thing, either through networking nights or offering listings or emails or whatever. I get internship listings through email by my department chair allllllllll the time. So if you do end up being active on campus, by the time you're a junior finding an internship (which you're qualified for) will be fairly easy.</p>

<p>What clubs do u suggest joining for humanities majors. like you. you were in the magazine.</p>

<p>join whatever interests you, you shouldn't have to be asking people to tell you what to join.</p>

<p>As an engineering major starting my second year I've already held 2 internships. They weren't the "lets go to work with mom/dad" type internships but actual internships that I applied for and got. I did one during the school year and then one over the summer. Two different companies. A lot of my fellow engineering students did summer internships after their freshman year and I would say that the ones who didn't still worked. </p>

<p>... just a glimpse at your competition. </p>

<p>At both companies I was the only "freshman" intern(I say freshman loosely because I will graduate early making me kind of off track from a normal freshman) but they both offered me future positions. The way I see it, you can never start too early. They are great experiences and let you find out if your field of study is really what you want it to be.</p>

<p>... I do a non school / intended major related summer activity... I'll still be able to get a job.</p>

<p>anovice, what were the companies that you got an internship at?</p>

<p>How do you go about making a resume if you are a freshman? I just joined a few clubs but other than that I haven't done anything noteworthy in college so far. Should I include stuff that I did while in high school?</p>

<p>I'm probably not going to have an internship until my senior year. Next summer I'm taking more classes and working like I did this past summer (I'm a sophomore), and the summer after junior year I want to study abroad in Paris. I'll either do my internship during senior year or the summer after. But I'm really involved in a couple organizations and I have leadership positions in them, in addition to having a hobby that I devote a good bit of time to (dancing) as well, and also keeping my GPA up (must have a 3.0 to keep my scholarship). I think it's working out pretty well for me.</p>

<p>plmok... I included things I did during my high school years but not high school activities. For example, I listed my extensive out of school volunteer work but not that I was on 2 varsity sports, president of the class, high school activity related volunteer work, etc. I also held the same job during high school and was promoted, etc in that job. I listed that. </p>

<p>sleepbunny... one was with one of the world's top ten largest electronics and engineering companies and the other was with a large regional engineering firm.</p>

<p>plmok - I got a job right out of high school by going door-to-door at office parks trying to see who was looking for a smart high school kid with no preconceived notions on things like, say, salary. My resume had little on it except the basic computer skills I had, and my SATs / test scores (which were impressive enough to be worth listing). I worked there my senior year of HS and another gap year before going off to college.</p>

<p>The experience didn't just prepare me for the workload, it also:
1) gave me professional skills that i used during college to get jobs, and after college to get the job i'm (not) working right now
2) Paid for most of college, about $70k in savings, because who has living expenses when you're at home eating mama's cooking
3) Without a doubt it was the deciding factor in getting me into a top school. (my admissions officer said as much)</p>

<p>You don't need much on your resume to get a job just out of high school, especially a part-time one as an underclassman in college. The best things you can have for yourself are basic business skills (good with phones, good with spreadsheets, good with writing/editing), and chutzpah/entrepreneurial spirit. I showed the latter by going door-to-door looking for a job, and that made me stand out above all the other people who were probably more qualified at the time for the job I ended up getting.</p>

<p>But I'd like to emphasize again - it is entirely not necessary to do something 'serious' with your first two summers in college. Do something you're passionate about, and at a minimum you'll have an experience you can talk about excitedly in interviews down the road. Being able to show that, and get excited talking about something, will do a lot more for you than the 'experience' you'll get as an intern on the bottom rung somewhere you hate. Save the serious experiences for your third summer.</p>