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Finding and Applying For
Jobs and Internships Your First Year

We’ve already talked about the academic and social scenes at Columbia. We’ve also talked about health and wellness, campus clubs, and finding a budget that suits you. What else are we missing? Motivated young Barnumbians that you are, several of you have asked us here at Spectrum about jobs and internships.

But first off, a question that you should really reflect on: Should you get an internship your first semester? Many students have work-study jobs as part of their financial aid packages, but what about those students looking off-campus at career-related jobs? How will an internship benefit you, and what sacrifices will it force you to make? Think long and hard on this one—it’s really important.

If you read through the previous article and come to the conclusion, “Yes, I’m ready,” we’re here to help you. Here is your step-by-step guide to snagging that internship, and a few tips ‘n’ tricks on how to make a good first impression at Columbia and Barnard’s career fairs.

If you’re interested in researching (and maybe even applying to) jobs and internships now, you can do so with Columbia’s LionSHARE and Barnard’s NACELink—they can be a bit tricky and dense for first-time users, so make sure you read through these guides so you know what to look for.

And since many students have work-study as a part of their financial aid packages, we thought you should be tuned in to some of the most popular work-study jobs on campus—here are a few of your options and how to apply for them.

Remember: Getting a job can be a rewarding experience, but it will also require you to make a lot of sacrifices. Make sure you’re ready to accept those challenges before you apply—you’re definitely not slacking off or missing out if you don’t apply for anything off-campus yet. . College is very different than high school, so you’ll want to give yourself the time to acclimate.

But wait, there's more! Don’t forget to fill out Spectrum’s class of 2021 survey. Help us learn a little bit about your peers and enter yourself into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card while you’re at it. At the beginning of the school year, we’ll publish the results of the survey so you can see who your classmates are, where they come from, and what they believe in.

Should you get an internship your first semester?
Popular work-study jobs and how to apply for them
BC 2021? Learn how to navigate NACELink
Fill out the Class of 2021 survey now!
Your step-by-step guide to securing an internship
CC/SEAS/GS 2021? Learn how to use LIONShare
Make a lasting first impression at Columbia's career fair
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Pro tips of the week


Be a part of this class tradition: Fill out Spectrum’s class of 2021 survey now.

Tackling time management: If you’re going to be a successful intern (and college student, for that matter), make sure you know how to overcome procrastination. Here are three students’  thoughts about becoming an efficient time and task manager.

Dress to impress: First impressions are everything, so make sure your appearance is presentable upon meeting your future employer. Here’s how you should dress for different job situations. (Read: Make sure to bring these things to college with you!)

Looking beyond LionSHARE: You don’t have to only rely on Columbia and Barnard’s job databases. Try some of these internship searching websites.

Anything you’re unsure about? Send us your questions here and we’ll do our best to answer them in future Required Reading issues.

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