You know your end goal: To find an internship doing something you’re interested in — ideally at a company you like. But how do you get there when you feel like you have no relevant experience? Here are five tips to help you find and secure the internship of your dreams!

1. Visit the Career Center and check out all the resources we have to offer. Whether you are looking for information about your major or career advice, our Career Peer Educators and Career Advisors are here to help. Find leads on jobs and internships, networking contacts and much more. For online resources, check out these Career Center and Student Employment Office links.

2. Consider volunteering or joining a student organization. One way to gain experience is to volunteer or join a student organization. Here you can network with people who may have interests in common or support the same cause(s). It is also a great opportunity to improve your leadership and organizational skills.

3. Consider working on campus where experience is not required. A job that requires no experience can give you valuable competencies which translate to any job. For example, you can learn critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills from almost any job on campus. These are just a few qualities employers are looking for. For a complete list of UC San Diego’s 12 Career Readiness Competencies, check out the 2016-2017 Triton Career Guide. And don’t forget – working on campus means you can take advantage of your work-study award!

4. If you already have work experience but are having trouble securing a job, try reaching out to your network. Friends, family, and past employers already know you and are interested in helping you succeed. Professors are a good resource as well because they may be involved in your field of interest and have connections.

Whether you have experience or not, you can obtain an internship. Every college student should have one or more internships, as they offer valuable experience within your field of interest. In addition, it’s an opportunity to work with real industry professionals who can help you expand your network.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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