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CAC: Summer Internships After First Year

Posted on February, 2021

First year students find jobs by reaching out and talking to people at the places they want to work. Many students submit online job applications through government job posting websites, as well as other job search websites like Indeed.ca, TalentEgg.ca, and LinkedIn.  However, in order to stand out from the 100+ student applicants for a summer job, we recommend students evaluate their job search based on the number of conversations they have, rather than the number of online job applications they submit.

Many Commerce students believe they should get, or are expected to get, an ‘office job’ their summer after first year. Our recommendation is, at the end of your summer, you want to come back to campus with stories to tell. You want to have developed some transferable skills like leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and relationship building. It’s about having meaningful stories to showcase the transferable skills that can be applied to next summer’s job and next summer’s job search. When recruiters are interviewing students for upper-year summer internships, they want to hear about how students made an impact and what specific skills they developed.

Sometimes students will develop these stories and gain these skills at a typical ‘office job’ at a bank, government office, or local business. But these stories and skills can also be gained by working at summer camp, being a lifeguard, working at a golf course, or starting your own business. Covid-19 provides an opportunity for students to stand out by doing something that showcases their resourcefulness and initiative.

At the Career Advancement Centre, we work with first year students to help them identify what type of summer job they’d like to have, and help give them the confidence and the skills to reach out and start conversations.  

Students can access the CAC Portal via the Commerce Portal; from there they can access online resources and book an appointment to see a professional career coach.

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