There are 13 majors available to Harbert College of Business students, and each one provides skills necessary to intern with many established and innovative companies. Some major programs require them, and others strongly encourage them, as they give students a first-hand look into the field that they have chosen. With recruiting season approaching, here’s some advice for seeking out an internship:
- Don’t just join. Lead.
Joining an organization on campus is just the first step to success. Employers want to see you lead the cause! This is what separates the candidates from the employees.
- Resume struggles? Ask for help!
The Office of Professional and Career Development (OPCD) is here for Harbert Students. Perfecting your resume is what will get your foot in the door. Make an appointment before you send that resume to the world.
- Tiger Recruiting Link - the glossary of employers.
If you don’t use TRLHandshake, start! After your resume is approved by the OPCD, you can post it on TRL Handshake. You can search for internships that are open for applications and find jobs that have been posted by companies. Use the same platform that employers are using!
- Get LinkedIn
LinkedIn is another way to find employers, and keep up with your classmates’ professional advancements. Many jobs have been secured by joining the website. Note: This may be the first time an employer sees you! Be sure that your profile makes a good first impression.
- Career fairs should be a priority.
This is your chance to gain exposure to employees. These employers have traveled long distances, just to see you. Some only recruit Harbert students. Show up ready to get that interview!
- Know what you want from your internship.
Supply Chain Management has several areas to work in (Transportation, Purchasing, etc) and almost every student in this major has one area they would prefer not to work in. Research the company and the internship, and go from there.
- Practice makes perfect!
Never had an interview, or spoken to someone who holds your fate in their hands? No
worries, the OPCD offers interview coaching, year-round. Although mock interviews
can be nerve-wracking, they offer you the chance to see what an employer would see
(whether good or bad). Practice with friends, too. They know you best, and they can
give you valuable advice about what to improve on.
Companies to Look Into
According to Glassdoor.com, here are the top 25 companies to intern with in 2015:
4. Quicken Loans
9. NBC Universal
10. BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
11. Apple Inc.
12. State Farm
15. The Walt Disney Company
18. National Instruments
19. Morgan Stanley
20. P&G (Proctor & Gamble)
22. Liberty Mutual Insurance
24. HP (Hewlett-Packard)
Some of these companies recruit directly from Auburn, and others might require more effort and research. Even though these companies are the highest rated by those who have been employed there, it does not mean that it will be the best option for you. For example, none of the Big Four accounting firms (PWC, Deloitte, KPMG, and EY) made the list, but many Auburn Students go to work for these firms, and truly enjoy it. So do your research, and make an informed decision!