Searching for internships online has been made easier because of numerous tools you can use. You have social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, live feeds like Twitter, and social media like YouTube. But if you still can’t land the internship that will serve as your foundation in building a good career in the future, then here’s one power tool you should utilize starting today: RSS feeds.
RSS (aka Really Simple Syndication) feeds were created initially for tech geeks to gather multiple information feeds by means of grouping topics of the same interest in one specific location. If you’re using RSS, you can check on these feeds anytime and check on the latest news and information of your chosen topic, in this case, all topics about internships. You don’t have to bookmark a website or blog if you plan to continue to visit it. If you have subscribed to a website’s RSS feed, you can browse headlines when new posts are updated and decide if the new entry is of interest.
Benefits of RSS Feeds
Get your news-fast and fresh! You don’t have to go to each website just to check on the latest buzz about their internship offers; all you have to do is click on the RSS icon found on your screen to get a rundown of the latest posts from the websites you have registered on. That saves you both time and effort in checking each site one by one only to know that there’s nothing interesting for you to read.
Get the feeds in a more organized manner. RSS Feeds are more than just bookmarks-they are live bookmarks that get updated each time there’s a new post on the site. Also, you can organize the feeds depending on your tags, keywords and assigned locations, so it wouldn’t be hard for you to find valuable posts during each routine check.
You can spread your own feeds too! Do you have your own site or blog which you update everyday? Then it is a must that you subscribe to RSS feeds so you can spread your own posts to your chosen sites. This is a good way of keeping your contacts informed of the latest news about you-and who knows, they might even notice you because of your posts and possibly hire you on that internship you’ve long been craving for.
Different Types of RSS Feeds
Now you know the benefits of RSS feeds, it’s time to ask, what kind of feeds will you get? It actually depends on what you register on your feed reader, and these can be blog posts, articles, forum replies and comments, videos, news, and industry-specific feeds. You will also enjoy the efficiency of this tool because it not only contains the sites and update alerts, but also comes with titles, dates, short summaries and as well as videos about the new information coming in to your feeds.
Using iGoogle to Organize Your Internship RSS Feeds
If you’ve decided to take advantage of RSS feeds in searching for that perfect internship, then all you need is a Google account. As we’ve discussed in the article on How to Utilize Google during your Internship Hunt, we recommend making iGoogle as your communication base to keep things simple. iGoogle will serve as the storage space for all your feeds.
Once you have created a Google account, you’ll automatically have your own iGoogle page (It’s just a matter of using it or not). If you’re new to this, simply log-in to your Google account, then visit Google.com and click on “iGoogle” at the upper right side of the page.
Now, the next part is easy. Whenever you visit a website or blog that updates internship listings daily, all you need to do is subscribe to its RSS feeds. To do this, click on the RSS link (the orange square logo with three curved white parallel lines inside which you just couldn’t miss) on the site you visited, then choose “Google” to subscribe, which will land you to a page that asks whether you want to “Add to Google Homepage” or “Add to Google Reader.” Simply click and add to Google Homepage and every new post from that blog or website will be posted on your iGoogle.
Aside from internship sites, you can also get RSS feeds from job sites, such as Monster, Career Builder and Simply Hired, among others. Another good source of internships are news sites, such as Google News, Bing and Yahoo. Since these search engines are always up-to-date with new posts, you can be sure that new internship listings are sent to your iGoogle, giving you an advantage over other internship seekers who rely only on one source to find internships.
iGoogle also allows you to customize your page and even add widgets. Another advantage of using iGoogle as the home base of your RSS feeds is that once you’ve finished your internship and you’re now looking for a full-time job, you can still use it to find your preferred job.