Secure your internship with these iPhone apps

Sep 14, 2011
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The days of traditional internship applications are quickly fading away. Companies are looking to hire young innovators fluent in the languages of Twitter and Facebook. What better way to do that than solicit potential employees via social media? So instead of confining your internship search to your college career counseling office and the traditional websites, […]

The days of traditional internship applications are quickly fading away. Companies are looking to hire young innovators fluent in the languages of Twitter and Facebook. What better way to do that than solicit potential employees via social media? So instead of confining your internship search to your college career counseling office and the traditional websites, download these iPhone apps. They will give you a broader picture of the internships available, and perhaps spark a beautiful career.

The free USAIntern app brags an enormous database of internships appropriate for students and young professionals. In order not to overwhelm the user, the app allows you to break down your search by career field, geographic location, and compensation. If you know you have to have a paying internship, for example, the app can exclusively feed you positions that pay. There is an easy-to-use feature that enables you to save postings that are of interest, so you don’t have to worry about losing sight of your perfect job. The app also includes a list of informative articles on the labor market.

Similarly, the Internship Seeker app (free) helps users search for internships using keywords and locations. Each listing includes three different icons that indicate whether the internship is part time or full time, whether it is good for academic credit and whether it is paid. If something catches your eye you can read a detailed description right on the screen of your iPhone. You can also email a listing to yourself, to someone else or publish it on Facebook.

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The free CareerRookie app has many similar features, but it also allows you to receive personalized job recommendations, as well as create new applications directly on your phone. Talk about efficient!

The Internship app (free) takes a slightly different approach. The first step for users is to complete a short quiz on professional office behavior that includes questions like what to wear to work, and what time to arrive. The quiz taker is then graded on their responses. It serves as a good wake up call for those who think that rolling into their new job half-an-hour late is appropriate. The app links users to a YouTube page with loads of videos on how to get an internship, how to turn an internship into a full-time job, and more. There are also videos promoting and soliciting applications for specific internship opportunities with the FBI, the Cartoon Network, and others.

Once you have landed the interview, you’ll want to do everything possible to seal the deal. The free InternBuzz app is full of clever little tricks and words of advice on everything from how to shake a potential bosses hand, to how to groom for the first day on the job. Details are important, and this app gets down into the nitty-gritty.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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