By now, your holiday slowdown should be over. It’s been replaced with a mountain of email that needs to be reviewed; calendar invites that need to be accepted or declined, and the feeling of “Holy Smokes I got to get back up to speed quickly aka why did I take 2 weeks off?”
This is also your last chance to get a summer intern.
OK, today’s not really your last chance, but I wouldn’t wait until the end of the month to get started. You’ve got to the end of this week, no joke, I’m dead serious.
Now before you cry out with the all too familiar wail of “But, but, but, how? I can’t even possibly begin to think about an intern now!” let me share with you some realities. Most schools here in the southeast are starting the spring semester today (Jan 6th) and that semester will end in April. Career fairs for the spring are possibly scheduled for end of January or early February.
That means tables are being booked, plans are being made, students are getting antsy, and career services professionals are becoming very busy.
It also means you can’t call up a career office and demand to see the best of the best without someone shaking their head on the other end of the line. See those students already lined up their internships, so now you’ve got to deal with the top 10% of the class as opposed to the top 2%.
Yeah, I know, this is not the news you wanted to hear today.
The good news, there’s hope (and it’s not March…yet). The bad news, you’ve got a short time frame to get this executed and completed.
So here’s the list of things you need to get done in order to get that summer intern:
That’s it. That’s the best you can do right now.
If you want to truly raise the bar, start planning for fall 2014 in the upcoming months. Find a way to budget for a fall intern and do some recruiting over the summer and you’ve just started on the path to being one of those elusive “employers of choice” on campus.
Good Luck, and remember don’t cut & paste that JD. After all, you don't want to get busted for cheating now, do you?