This is a question I have been asking myself for the last week, as my internship at a weekly newspaper comes to a close in a few short weeks. There is little chance of being offered a paid position here, as they have a pretty small staff and don’t retain many staff writers. It’s now becoming crucial for me (and many of my fellow PDXSX-ers) to figure out what the heck we’re going to do after the program ends. Here’s some of my strategies:
Make sure your resume is up to date before you start applications
This is one of the easiest ways to help demystify the process of applying for upcoming positions. I recently was in the midst of an application when I realized that I hadn’t added my current position to my resume. Having to stop and do this distracted me from the application and is one of the main reasons I still haven’t finished it.
Make time to apply for future jobs/internships
This can be challenging. You’re busy with your current internship, and if you’re working another job like me, up to 60 hours a week can be devoted to your current positions. It’s important to block out a few hours whenever you can to work on applications for upcoming positions. They can be surprisingly time consuming, especially since you have to write a cover letter for each one, and maybe even answer short essay questions.
Ask your superiors for letters of recommendations before your last day
If you want or need a letter of rec from your current supervisor, it’s a good idea to run this by them ASAP, so they will have plenty of time to work on it. This way you’ll likely get it from them before you leave the company, so it’ll be a much easier process than trading emails.