By Terence Lam
This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at American Express. After tirelessly searching for an internship, I realized that CONNECTIONS go a long way. During my time here at Tufts so far, I’ve learned that it’s very difficult to get an internship through the conventional resume drop or application. Most of the time, especially for me, many internship opportunities are obtained through connections or networking; this past summer was no exception to that.
Perhaps your connection cannot give you a job or internship directly. What should you do then? Well, they can still be very helpful. Someone you know can very easily put you in touch with the right people and are usually open in giving you advice or just sharing information about their work. This is extremely important, especially now, when you are still trying to figure out what line of work you want to get involved in and if a particular field is right for you. In the end, the morale of the story is to not be afraid to explore your connections, ask questions, and make sure you make it a point to network early and often.
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