Top Internship Opportunities for 2010

Internships are a great way to test-drive a career and may even lead to a full-time job after graduation. Read on to learn more about the top 10 internship programs for 2010 and find out how you can land one of these resume-boosting opportunities.

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Top 10 Internships

Vault, a long-standing career information website, recently evaluated nearly 800 internship programs around the country to determine the best internship programs for 2010. The company searched for programs that offer quality mentorship, career advancement opportunities, a good intern experience, high compensation and unique appeal.

Out of the hundreds of internship programs that were evaluated, only the following 10 were given the designation of 'top internship opportunities for 2010':

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How to Land a Top Internship

Completing an internship is a must in today's job market. A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 77% of top employers use internship programs to recruit new full-time employees.

Of course, landing a top internship is no easy feat. The best programs get thousands of applicants each year. You will have to reflect carefully on the internship you want and work hard to stand out among your peers. The following tips will help give you the edge you need:

  • Target specific companies. Think carefully about the type of internship you want and the experience you would like to have. Then, make a list of companies that can help you meet those goals.
  • Start early. Many top internship programs begin recruiting in the fall and winter to fill summer positions. Don't wait until the last minute to apply.
  • Take advantage of your school's career services. The career services center at your university is there to help. Talk to them about potential opportunities and find out how they can help you land your desired internship.
  • Speak to alumni. Your school should be able to provide you with a list of alumni who work in your industry. Contact these alumni; many will be more than willing to assist you if they can.
  • Network, network, network. You should constantly be digging for connections throughout your college career. Just speaking to people can turn up opportunities that you never knew existed.
  • Polish your resume. If your resume isn't as good or better than the rest of the applicants', you stand little chance of landing the most coveted jobs. Ask other people to look your resume over or get professional help if necessary. Your career services center may also be able to help you fix up your resume.
  • Practice your interview skills. You should be able to speak confidently about yourself and your industry. You should also be able to ask intelligent, well-informed questions during the interview.
  • Send thank you notes. Send personal, hand-written thank you notes to everyone that helps you, reviews your resume or interviews you.

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