Internships can be a valuable tool for college students to gain career experience, learn more about their chosen field and make valuable connections in the workforce. Many students struggle to start the overwhelming process of applying for and getting an internship that best suits them. The Auburn University Career Center offers students a variety of resources to help them find internships and to increase their chances of being hired. One of these helpful resources is a job search database called Tiger Recruiting Link.
“Tiger Recruiting Link (TRL), is free for students to utilize to find internships, part-time and full-time jobs,” said Alexandra Williamson, the marketing and communications specialist for the Auburn University Career Center.
“Students should visit jobs.auburn.edu and click “Current Student Sign-In” to create a TRL account using their Auburn username and password. They create a profile and upload their resume, which then must be approved by the Career Center before they can apply for positions. TRL is essentially a job-searching database for students, in which they can customize and narrow their searches by keyword, position type, industry, and much more. Using TRL, students can search for jobs, network with employers, access helpful resources, sign up for on-campus interviews, and receive the latest updates about career events,” said Williamson.
The Career Center has walk-in hours Monday, Thursday and Friday from 12-4 p.m. and
Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m for those needing assistance finding and applying for internships. During these times students can talk to a Peer Career Advisor without scheduling an appointment. If additional assistance is needed an appointment can be scheduled.
For students that specifically need help with their resume, the Career Center offers an e-resume service in which students can fill out the form, upload their resume, and receive feedback within a couple of business days. p>
The Career Center also holds multiple events a year such as the Internship and Part-Time Job Fair, Engineering and Technical Expo, Education Interview Day and the All Majors Career Expo.
“Students in all disciplines are welcome to attend any career fair. It’s recommended that students visit our website to take note of the dress code for each event and to research the employers before they attend an event. Before the career fair, students should also have their resume reviewed by a Peer Career Advisor during a walk-in or submit their resume for an e-resume review,” said Williamson.
The Career Center has many other resources to help students gain experience and be successful after graduation.
“Having applicable experience on a resume is important, but it doesn’t always have to come from an internship. Students can gain experience with a co-op, pursuing leadership opportunities, conducting research, doing service, and studying/working abroad. Students should visit the Auburn University Career Center website to find more information about the kinds of experience they can gain, and all of the resources Auburn has to offer to help them find it,” said Williamson.
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