1) Venture out on your own: Always be on the look out for positions not only around your college campus but also back home. If your home for the summer you’ll want your internship to be close. College Career Services will typically have networking connections to local agencies but may not look far outside the immediate area limiting the results they can give you.
2) Know Your Skills: You may feel you don’t have any yet… that’s why you are pursuing an internship. Keep a log of everything you do in and out of the classroom. Recall the skills learned in your introductory classes, what you excelled at and what you have training in. Include skills or topics covered in your college classes that can be related to your internship search, your activities, your minimum wage part-time job; anything that can be used as material to demonstrate your worth as an employee.
Employers know that your education is limited as an undergraduate but will still hire you if you can demonstrate in words that you are hardworking, know the basics, work well with others and are willing to learn more about their company.
3) Email, Email, Email: Some employers may not advertise that they want an intern or may not have thought about it before. An email is your chance to explain (in a professional way) that you would like to know if internships are available.
I am a college student enrolled at _______ University earning a degree in _________. I have experience with ________ and would like to learn more about your company. Do you have the need for an intern with my skills?
The example above should be re-worded to sound more professional and create a solid first impression but the essential information is there. If you are unsure what a professional sounding email should look like have an advisor or english professor critique your correspondence first. First impressions matter and begin at first contact even if it is just an inquiry.