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  • No one owes you an internship, you have to go out and hunt for it.
  • The more time you spend looking for an internship, the more likely you are to find the one for which you're looking.
  • You must be willing to change your tactics.
  • Talk to people who have successfully found an internship.
  • Until you get an internship, your job is to look for one.
  • You must be prepared for your search to last longer than you anticipate. Start early.
  • Be persistent. Don't give up on a company after just one email.
  • Do not expect to find exactly what you're looking for; be open to opportunities that may be just as valuable.
  • Forget "what's available out there." Go after the internship you really want the most.
  • Once you know what you want, tell everyone about it; have as many eyes and ears out there on your behalf as possible.
  • Go after many organizations; don't just limit your search to one or two.
  • Go after any place that interests you, regardless of whether there is a known internship available or not.
  • Concentrate on organizations that have fewer than twenty employees.
  • Don't dwell on your faults, if they're a problem for the employer, move on to the next one.
  • Don't be wearied by rejection. You'll most likely get several "no's" before you get a "yes."
  • After every interview, write a thank-you note to everyone you saw that day. This includes employers, their secretaries, receptionists, or anyone else who helped you in any way.
  • Treat every employer with courtesy, even if it seems certain they cannot offer you an internship there. They may be able to refer you later, if you made a good impression.

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