By Isabella Rolz
Every student should successfully complete at least one internship before applying for a formal job. And now is the best time to begin applying for a fall internship!
First, it is essential to determine where you want your internship and in which field. Once you decide, you can search on useful websites like indeed.com, internships.com, monsters.com, linkedin.com and much more, where there are filters, which help you encounter the most accurate opportunity for you. It is also useful to use Google or Yahoo, and simply type the topic of interest – a lot of options will come up.
Most of these websites require you to upload a complimentary resume and cover letter. in these documents, it is very important to exemplify your strengths, your goals, and the benefits of hiring you for the position. Use Google and other search engines to search for the best ways to write resumes and cover letters; themuse.com also has invaluable advice. Make sure that you present yourself in a way that would make them excited to interview you.
After applying to several opportunities, keep in mind that you may hear back from a few, but not all. This is simply how companies and organizations work; they only reach out to select candidates who they feel best fit their interests.
Once you hear back from an organization, you’ll typically have to schedule an additional interview, where you will be questioned either by phone, Skype or in person. It is important to remember to be natural, honest and confident during these interviews. Those are essential characteristics necessary to ace these interviews. And if you really want to stand out, research the company prior to the interview. Learn about the company’s history, culture and achievements; this will show the interviewer that you are willing to go the extra mile and that you already know that the company is a fit for you.
If you land the internship during the summer, continue to stay up to date with the company. You are more likely to succeed during your internship if you begin with more knowledge on how the company functions.
Good luck as you begin your fall applications!