Well here it is! A possible Top 10 list based on all the responses to my request to build a list together:
#1 Get on LinkedIn, develop a network, and find advocates at the companies where you want to work.
#2 Build relationships, not just social profiles. Keep those relationships updated with your success (or lack thereof) in the job search. Think quality vs. quantity.
#3 Make inquiry calls, utilize your college professors and your student services job placement office. Utilize your network and let everyone know what you are seeking in an internship. Remember to use your family contacts.
#4 Ask for help. If people don't know you need it, how can they help you?
#5 Make sure you utilize all the tools like a good resume, proper dress attire, interview skills, communication, follow up, etc.
#6 Target companies and organizations that will be able to utilize your current education and experience and that you would want to work for in the future.
#7 Use your entrepreneurial skills if you have them and that interests you.
#8 Be aggressive. This doesn’t mean being a nuisance. You must do more than apply on line and wait for a response.
#9 Quantify your results on your resume. Even if all your experience to this point is waiting tables at Applebee's or babysitting your parent's friend's kids, figure out how that experience relates (think time management, communication, project management, etc.) and make your resume reflect that. Don't just list a job description or your "responsibilities".
#10 Remember that working as an intern in an area that relates to what you’re studying is the best way to get that great job after graduation. You may not be able to find the perfect internship first time out. Start somewhere and trade up next year.Thank you to Morgan, James, Suresh, Beth, and Kirk for participating. Much appreciated!