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Internship and Networking Tips

Launching a new career in New York City can seem pretty intimidating. Internships and networking are two great strategies for jump-starting your new career, even if you're still in school or stuck in a day job you hate.

Internships, Internships, Internships!
Internships, externships, co-ops, freelance positions, and part-time jobs are all great ways to not only learn about your future profession, but to also get a foot in the company door.

If you are taking classes in or around New York City, contact your school?s Career Service Center. There are hundreds of companies in and around the city that have top-notch internship or training programs ? and some even pay!

Another way to find internships is through industry associations or job boards. Open up your search engine and try different combinations of your industry name and "association" or "internships." And if you're interested in interning for a particular company, don't be afraid to call directly. You can go through the Human Resources department, but it may be more effective to contact the department you're interested in directly.

Don't be shy! Many of these companies want to hear from you. They are understaffed and desperate for the help of a good intern (it doesn't hurt that your labor is cheap).

If you make a good impression as an intern, your chances of landing a permanent job down the line are pretty good. Think of it from an employer?s perspective: when it?s time for a new hire, would you rather stick with the dedicated intern you?ve worked with for a semester or have to train someone completely new to your company?

Even if the company you intern for doesn't have an opening, you can take your new industry experience and find a job at a similar company.

Networking It
So, you heard a rumor that your roommate?s brother?s girlfriend knows someone who interns at your ideal company? By all means, if there?s any connection, build it up. Networking is especially important for young professionals without any established connections in their preferred industry. Consider joining a networking site like LinkedIn to find alumni from your school and other distant connections.

If you already have a job or internship, make the effort to build strong relationships with the full-timers and learn as much as possible about the company. After all, when you?re knee-deep in your job search, having connections at a company or knowing someone who can pass your resume along is extremely helpful.

If you take the time meet and speak with as many people as possible about your career goals, you will soon be far ahead of your fellow students still playing XBOX and beer pong.

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