What is a ‘Winternship’?
A ‘winternship’ is an internship that typically takes place between Fall and Spring semesters (usually December to January). Like other internships, they’re usually unpaid jobs spent shadowing professionals in your desired field and can be incredibly valuable to your resume if you can muster the motivation to apply.
Why should I get a winter internship?
Simply put: It will help you later on by boosting your resume and giving you some hands-on experience. This is an opportunity to build relationships with employers and get your name out there. Winternships are also thought to be less competitive.
How do I go about getting a winter internship?
First construct a list of companies you’d like to apply to. Then, start sending inquiry emails. Templates are available to help you put professional emails together. Start sending emails as soon as possible. You’ll want to give employers plenty of time to respond, so you can complete the rest of the application process (if applicable) in a timely manner.
Where are winter internships offered?
All sorts of places! It may take some digging, but a simple Google search can do wonders. I found some results for winter internships in Florida that may help you get started. If you have a particular company you’re super interested in, it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to express interest even if a winter internship is not advertised. The worst thing that could happen is a company turns you down with a polite, “No, but thanks anyway.” Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!