Can social media help you find an internship? Absolutely. Social media can also help you find a job after your internship or help you start a private practice. Here are a few ways that social media can help:

  • You can connect with other interns via LinkedIn in your area who already have internships. You can see where they work then connect with others that work at the same place. You can email them and ask if they have an internship or find out when they have openings. Since you are connected with them, it feels like you have started a relationship instead of cold calling.
  • If you tweet or Facebook connect with other mental health professionals, you can let them know you are looking for an internship. They might offer options or have ideas for you.
  • Connect via a professional twitter or Facebook and not your personal one, if possible. As soon as I had an internship number, I created professional accounts on social media to start the networking process immediately.  You can create professional accounts before you get credentials and just be creative with your title.
  • You can connect your professional Facebook account to your professional twitter account and have your Facebook posts immediately forwarded to your twitter account. It will save you time.
  • The other benefit to social media is you get your name out there. The more your name out there, the more people will likely remember it.  Name recognition is very valuable when so many interns are fighting for the same internships.
  • Joining LinkedIn groups give you visibility to knowledge and resources from other professionals. You can join discussions or ask questions to the community about ideas on finding an internship.
  • Following relevant blogs can put useful resources right into your inbox so you don’t have to waste time searching around for it.

There is a vast amount of knowledge out there and social media is a great way to tap into it. Don’t be left out.

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