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Unpaid Internships

By max98037 ·
I am a network technology student and have decided that I would like to complete an unpaid internship before graduating. I have been told that the best way to become an IT professional is with experience and the only way to make it a win-win situation for the employer is to offer my contribution at no charge.
I have to admit it has been much more difficult than I had first thought it would be. Getting through the HR department for a response from anyone is a real challenge.
Does anyone have any advice on how to find an internship? Would I get far by trying to bypass HR and just ask the receptionist to transfer me to the Director of IT, or would this just be obnoxious?
Also, if anyone out there is looking for a reliable, enthusiastic free laborer for their Seattle area IT department, please contact me: max@maxklim.8m.com
I have an online resume, too: www.maxklim.8m.com
Thank you, Max Klim

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Same here!

by apache5056 In reply to Unpaid Internships

I am in the same boat as max and would appreciate any advice.

Thanx

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Internships can be difficult....

by LordInfidel In reply to Unpaid Internships

You would think that it would be easy.

But i've turned down help requests before from anonymous people wanting to help.

This is where your networking skills need to come in. I have taken on interns, but they were frineds kid of one of the executives sort of deal.

When I first got started, I used my contacts and was able to sit in on the configuration of a cisco 7200. The guy was the son of a woman I knew. She set it up for me. And just being there and doing grunt work for him helped me land my first IT job.

In my time in IT, I have found that 90% of the time, the jobs you will land will be thru contacts and not cold interviewing.

Admins are usually protective of their networks and will not just allow misc people on it.
Milk any contacts that you may possibly have.

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An idea for you...

by ghstinshll In reply to Internships can be diffic ...

Try calling some non-profit companies and offering them support, etc... Would lead to a lesser job via an internship, but would be good for experience if you have to stoop low enough to do it. Supporting the non-profit at night is another option, toallow you to intern during the days.

They usually require a lot of time to be stabiliized again, but shortly after taking on the engagement they slow down greatly.

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