- Arrange an internship on your own. Research companies in the field you'd like to enter. Call the companies directly and ask to speak with the hiring manager. Be sure to mention that you're looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity, not a full- time position.
- Work with your college career counselor (or even one at other college). Many college and university career services offices - especially those at two-year community colleges - work not only with their own students but also with members of the community at large. You may have to pay a fee for these services, but the expertise and personal connections you'll be able to tap into may well be worth the financial investment.
- Network with family, friends, and members of local professional groups. Perhaps there's a professional organization in your community made up of people working in the field you're thinking of pursuing; you could attend the group's next meeting to find out, and to put out feelers for internship possibilities.
- Use online and offline resources. Many online job boards (like Monster.com) include internship listings. You can also use one of the published internship directories like Peterson's Internship Guide or The Internship Bible that come out every year.
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