By volunteering your time, you stay fresh on an employer’s mind for summer opportunities or future job openings. If you are going back to help a previous employer, it helps you to strengthen relationships with them and shows that you have genuine interest in the company.You can never have too many internships. Having an internship during winter break when most students are off relaxing shows you are ambitious and dedicated to learning your craft. This reflects positively on your personal brand and speaks to your work ethic.
It is also less competitive during this time and can allow you to get your foot in the door during the busy holiday season.Winter internships aren’t as common because of the short time period and less students apply. However, companies need and can benefit from having interns during winter break because they usually have a gap between fall interns’ completion date and spring interns’ start date. Many employees are also on vacation during the holidays, so it will be a great help to assist those who are still in the office.
Have you ever wanted to intern in a different city but just couldn’t afford an entire summer? Winter break is a great time to get your foot in the door at a company in a different city because you can commit to a shorter time period and can crash with a friend without over-staying your welcome. It also helps you to gain experience if you are unable to commit a full semester to an internship because of academic or personal responsibilities.
Network. Ask. Follow-up.
Create a list of companies you would like to work for. Make sure the companies you choose can provide you with a valuable internship experience and meaningful assignments during the time you are there. You can search for companies that are offering virtual internships, volunteer with a local business, or reach out to past employers. You want to also be mindful of how you can network within the company and grow your contacts. This will be crucial when you are job searching in the future.
Hello [Past manager],I hope this email finds you well. Since interning with the company, I have learned x,y,z and feel that I am better prepared to __________. [Show how the internship was valuable to you.] I wanted to reach out to you and offer my assistance during winter break. I would really love to work with you again and continue learning more about the _____ [industry]. Can we set up a time to talk about this further next week? I look forward to hearing from you.