May 15, 2014 at 8:58 am #2283
An internship can provide the advancement that potential employees often need as they compete for employment positions in the workforce. Internships can be tricky to find, however, and many people overlook great internship opportunities simply because they didn’t know where to search. Finding a successful internship can open many doors to rewarding careers, so consider the following points before you begin your search for that perfect internship.
1. Follow Directions-It may seem like a simple command that everyone will follow, but you might be surprised at the number of potential interns who were rejected simply because they didn’t follow a company’s specific instructions for application. Be sure you read and reread all of the internship instructions, and pay close attention to all applicable dates. Don’t wait until the last minute to mail off applications, schedule interviews, and make appointments. Be sure you allow plenty of time to do everything necessary to apply for the internship.
2. College Transcripts-Most internship programs will typically request a copy of your college transcript. If you have attended more than one college or university, be sure you include all applicable copies as well.
3. Resume-Your resume could be the difference between landing or losing an internship. Before you apply for internships, be sure your resume has been professionally done. Have someone who is familiar with the profession in which you are seeking an internship look over the resume and ask them to make suggestions for improvement as well. Your resume should include contact information, educational information, work experience, research experience (if applicable), organizational membership information, and awards and honors.
4. Recommendation Letters-Even if the program to which you are applying doesn’t specifically request recommendation letters, it’s always a good idea to include at least two. Don’t wait until the last minute to request these references, however. Give the former employee, professor or other acquaintance plenty of notice before you need the reference letter.
5. Letter of Interest-Your letter of interest should be very specific. Not only should you refer to the type of internship you desire, but you should also describe your career goals and your reasons for wanting the particular internship. Your letter of interest should also include information on any research or work-related experience that you have had as well.
6. Interviews-Many businesses do not want to agree to an internship without first conducting an interview with the potential intern. If this is the case for the position in which you are applying, you should familiarize yourself with the company, dress professionally, arrive promptly, and be polite, enthusiastic, and respectful throughout the interview process. If you have been instructed to bring specific documents to the interview, be sure you do so. It’s also a good idea to send a thank you note after the interview, expressing appreciation for the employer’s time and the opportunity for the interview.
7. Follow-Up Letter or Call-Finally, if you haven’t heard anything after a week or so, you should send a follow-up letter or place a phone call, expressing your continued interest in the position.
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