Many students find Internships and Co-op positions by contacting employers directly, either by phone, e-mail, or in person. Contacting an employer directly displays your willingness to take the initiative in your internship search. Employers generally respect this in candidates. Faculty, family, friends, and NIU Career Services Counselors may suggest people for you to contact. Employer Web sites, print directories, and Web search engines are excellent resources.
You should develop a short phone script when calling employers to quickly explain your interests. If you plan to seek academic credit for your Internship or Co-op experience, be prepared to explain your academic department's requirements to the employer.
Your persistence and enthusiasm are two of the most important personal qualities you can demonstrate by contacting an employer directly.