When I was in school, getting good grades was my life during the fall and spring semesters…and getting good summer internships was my life each summer. I knew without those internships on my resume, I was likely to forfeit that all-important job offer to a more enterprising fellow applicant. Some of my internships were paid and some were unpaid. But I had several valuable short internships during my college years, and they paid me back handsomely with three (count 'em) lucrative job offers upon graduation.

Today, we have so much technology to help us find great internships and jobs. Here are some of the best apps and websites—all free to use—to help you find internships.

1. Internship Seeker

Internship Seeker helps you locate internships right from your phone. You can search by key word or location, share opportunities with others, read detailed job descriptions, save to favorites and more.

2. Internship Lens

Internship Lens is an app produced as a partnership between Nokia and Internships.com (the same company that powers the Internship Seeker app for iTunes). Internship Lens uses your Windows phone GPS and your social networks to locate local internship opportunities, then displays them for you in what they call "augmented reality" (which is sort of like a combination of 3-D, virtual reality and Google Earth). Wherever possible, the listed internships offer actual cash payment in addition to resume perks and school credit.

3. InternBuzz

InternBuzz is the app you need once you have landed your first internship interview. The app will help you prepare—from what to wear to what to say to how to shake hands with your future boss.

4. InternMatch

InternMatch is free for student use nationwide (companies seeking interns must pay a subscription fee). To sign up, just enter some basic information or use your Facebook account to log in. With some internships, candidates can apply directly from the InternMatch site, while others require visiting the company's website to fill out a customized application. The site also has a wealth of other resources, including resume writing, interview preparation and Campus Hubs, which gives up-to-date company information (very helpful when researching a company prior to an interview).

5. Urban Interns

Urban Interns has four kinds of internships: part-time, paid, unpaid, and virtual. The site focuses on connecting small businesses with interested interns nationwide. The website has been featured by Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal and others. Seekers can browse without registering, create a profile that employers can view, apply for positions and more.

6. Intern Inc.

Intern Inc. is a global resource that’s free for seekers. The sole goal is to connect interested applicants to internships. Registering is easy—just provide a name, email address, username and password. Once registered, you can create an "Internship Profile," which is like an advertisement featuring you that potential employers can view. In addition to internship opportunities, Intern Inc. offers resources to help seekers make a stronger presentation.

7. internSHARE

internSHARE is a very unique website that offers much more than just internship postings. With internSHARE, your fellow interns give you the real scoop on what it was like for them to work for that company you want to approach for an internship. You can review notes posted by other interns, giving you real intel on what to expect during the interview, the hiring process and the internship itself. You can also apply for internships and post your own notes to pay it forward. You can register with an email address and password or log in with your Facebook account.

 

The 7 Best, Free Apps and Websites to Find Internships