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5 Steps to Score an Internship 

November 4, 2016

Internships give college students a chance to experience different career fields and apply their degree before graduation. Follow these steps to land an internship that will prepare you for your future job.


1.     Talk to Career Services

Every college campus has some version of career services, which provides students with job support from resume writing to interview practice. The career services staff will go over what an internship is, the requirements, the time commitment and answer all of your questions. Use this valuable resource because you are paying for it (with your tuition) and it is so helpful.

2.     Do some research

To get an internship, you have to apply. And that means you have to find a few you are interested in first. Google “internships for _______ majors” and take a look at some options. The people in career services on your campus also may be able to connect you to some internship opportunities. Read the job descriptions, maybe talk to classmates about their internship experiences, and decide what route you want to take. Compile a list of the ones you want to apply for and make a timeline of when the applications are due to keep you on track.

3.     Write a killer resume and cover letter

Jot down any and all experiences you have had, from summer jobs in high school to classes you are taking now.  Then tailor it to the internship you are applying for. Scooping ice cream might not be relevant for an engineering gig, but teaching swim lessons would fit on an application to be a summer camp leader as an education major. A cover letter should tell a story of one of your experiences that shows the organization that you are both qualified for and passionate about the position. Write a different cover letter for each application, but follow the same outline.

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4.     Ask the right people for recommendations

Do you have a boss that you get along with very well or a professor who you challenges you in the best way? Ask them for a letter of recommendation. People with a personal connection write better letters because they can speak about you in a more conversational way, sharing anecdotes and examples. Tell them what you would be doing at the organization and they can tailor the letter to the particular place.

5.     Follow all the directions

Read all the fine print. Nothing would be worse than not getting the internship because you misread the deadline or failed to include some paperwork. Follow all the directions to a T and make sure you keep each application straight from the others. Good luck! 

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