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Someone who answered my other post here mentioned internships. I have not heard of internships in programming before. I would like to find out more about this. Since I am facing another boring $7-$8 per hour production job if I cant find something in programming or related field, pay rate is not a problem.
Randall: There are lots of internships in the computer field. The problem is that you have to find out about them. And yes, there is competition to get into the programs. Also, they are not just for the summer. There are alot of year round internship programs in this field. Go to Barnes/Nobles - they have a few books on internships, these will point you in the right direction. Also, hit up your local library - they may have books on internships too. Also, if you are in college - definitely hit up the career services section. Don't overlook these community colleges, they are a fantastic resource for finding entry-level jobs and internships. Your first goal (and it's been said before) is just to get yourself in the door. If you have the SJCP - it's going to help big time for an internship. And the internship is going to help big time with the job search. As an intern - you may be doing alot of mundane tasks. It's going to be up to you to be agressive and search out the programming opportunities. In the meantime, you keep going to school, trying to improve on your skill set. If you are in college - see if the university has a COOP program. This is where you get college credits for working a semester to two. Again, talk with your local community college. If the one in your county doesn't help - try other ones. And - Don't be afraid to go to the career service departments of other colleges. They won't let you interview - but you may be able to get some contact information. Alot of these places post the jobs on paper. Again, you need to be aggressive. Even if it's not an internship - but a computer company that offers to pay $7.00/hr to run backups or make deliveries. Grab it. While there, develop your contacts. John Coxey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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