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Landing a Dynamite Internship – Part 2

February 8, 2018

Remember: keep your options open when you are looking at the internship!  The Lord works in crazy ways and maybe, just maybe, you may end up loving an internship that you originally thought you would not enjoy.

3.     Know where to look.

I remember sitting down with my computer and not knowing where to search for internships. Make the process fun! Create a list/document where you keep all your internship opportunities and application status information!

  • I first started with local businesses. Mom & Pop places, family owned, and regionally located in my area.
  • I then dreamed big – if given the chance, you better believe it that I would go to Hawaii for an internship!! (Just remember to be realistic!)
  • Talk to your professors – they are professionals in the field. Ask question, take notes, and take advantage of their wisdom. Sometimes they even know what companies to point you to!

4.     I’m on the Website – Now What?

This is my favorite part – searching for internships and finding a perfect fit! This takes time, thought, and patience but it can be very rewarding when you invest yourself in applying for the internships. You are making an investment for your future career!

  • Create login credentials for the websites – that way you can save your favorite internships, upload your resume, and check on the status of your application.
  • When applying, make sure to read the description in full. Employers ask for different documents including; transcripts, resume, cover letter, letter of recommendations, work availability schedule, and so on. Missing even one piece of this crucial process can easily weed you out of the application pool.
  • After you have applied, wait a few weeks, if no response – follow-up with a professional email or phone call stating your interest if the position is still open!

5.     The Interview

Human Resource companies only bring in serious candidates that meet the qualifications on paper. The interview is your place to shine! You need to set yourself above the rest, in a professional manner. Here are my tips:

  • Dress to impress! Suit jacket and all. Dress for the job you eventually want!
  • Show your personality in the professional setting – you want to show them why they should hire you!
  • Be passionate!
  • Practice interview questions before you go to the interview; this will ease comfort in the interview room. Prepare yourself for generic interview questions as well as position specific questions. For example, if you are applying for an accounting internship search on Google for interview questions relating to accounting.
  • Plan ahead to be on time. Plan for extra time in your commute, being late to an interview is the first impression the Human Resource team would have of you. Do not start on the wrong foot!

6.     Follow-Up

This is the simplest step – after you have finished interview, send a thank you card. Either by email or snail mail, make sure you thank the party that interviewed you. In the thank you card state why you would like to work with their team/company and add that you would be an asset to the team. Be sincere, but also direct!

The pictures highlight my time in NYC for National Donut Day where I met the Harlem Globetrotters as well as some of the team from the plant that I worked with. The experiences that I got to be a part of during this internship were more than I could have ever dreamed up – which is why I am a huge supporter of keeping your options open, you never know what you will enjoy! 

I hope these tips have helped! Have confidence while looking for an internship, go out on a limb, apply for an internship you might not qualify for, show your work ethic – and most of all have fun once you get to your internship!

Landing a Dynamite Internship – Part 1

February 8, 2018

Last summer, I was the Production Intern at a donut production facility, Entenmann’s Donuts, in my hometown.

Navigating Internships can cause stress and excitement all at once, though Summer looks far out on the horizon, I am finding myself and classmates gearing up for our Summer Plans. I have learned the importance of starting the internship process early – I want to encourage you to start looking and applying now!  

Here are my helpful hints that I discovered when looking for my internships!

Personally – I’m a huge fan of the paper calendar, so this is the time when I would highly suggest you break out your calendar, a notebook, your laptop and a few fun colored pens! Being organized in this process made will make the difference for successfully landing your dream internship!

1.     Perfect that Resume & Cover Letter!

Before even looking at internships, the most important thing you must do is make sure that you have a resume and cover letter that accurately portrays who you are.

At Liberty, the Career Center is the perfect place for a professional to walk you through creating a resume and critique your current version. The Career Counselors check-in on your progress and also bring the guidance and wisdom to creating a perfect resume!

Resumes need to be constantly updated. It is a living document, reflecting where you are in the pursuit of your professional careers. Human Resource departments look for correlations between the job posting and applicant’s resumes – having a base resume allows you to then adjust your resume to suit the internship.

2.     Know What You Want

Please remain open to other suggestions and ideas! I really was not looking for an internship at a donut factory when I first started looking and I now say that I learned more than I ever imagined! While there I was exposed to how running a company and factory works, and expanded upon my knowledge on how to be a successful intern. It was the experience of a lifetime!

Plus, I was able to attend National Donut Day in NYC where I met the Harlem Globetrotters, I rode along for a bread truck route, my daily outfit consisted of steel toe/slip resistant work boots, khakis, a polo, a radio, a lock, earplugs, and my keys (which can be seen on the bench as well as the pic with my sister).

These are important questions to ask yourself/write down in this stage:

  • What field am I looking for/interested in? – Nursing, business, education, etc. Does this field fit in within my major?
  • What experience do I have that I would like to expand upon?
  • What do I want to get out of the internship? – Resume builder, real world understanding, post-graduation contacts, a learning experience, etc.
  • East Coast? West Coast? State? A particular city? – Location is key! It is important to take into consideration when looking at another state, or even a different city to intern in that you may not be able to commute back and forth. That means an apartment/housing is needed for you to be able to take that internship. (Some employers are very generous and give their interns a stipend for housing – something that you should look into if you are looking at a different city or state.)
  • Paid? Or Unpaid? – There are pros and cons to both paid and unpaid internships. That a decision that ultimately you will have to make yourself.
  • Are there certain companies that you would like to reach out to and see if they have an internship program at their business? – If so, make a list of those companies and put it aside for the moment.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with my favorite websites/sources, tips on what to do when you got to the website, and how to knock your interview out of the park!

Meet Emily

December 13, 2017

Hello Everyone! My name is Emily Burke and I am the newest addition to Liberty University Marketing Department’s Student Blogging Team. I am a Business student studying Project Management, Digital Marketing & Advertising, and Graphic Design. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and that is where my family currently lives. I moved to Virginia to attend Liberty University a little over a year and a half ago and ever since then, the south is slowly starting to win over this northerner’s heart. I consider myself very lucky to be able to call both Lynchburg, Virginia and Carlisle, Pennsylvania home, it really is the best of both worlds!

I enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring nature, you can also find me on the volleyball courts or hanging out with friends with a cup of coffee right in my hand. Crafting and refurbishing/DIY projects are my favorite…I am always down for a crafting night! I think that puppies are the greatest bundle of happiness and that everyone should have a sweet, sweet pup in their lives…the idea of becoming a professional puppy cuddler doesn’t sound too bad to me.

I spent this past summer interning at a donut production facility, Entenmann’s Donuts, in Carlisle PA where I saw more donuts in three months than I ever thought I would see in my life! (and yes, I did eat a few while I was there!) To say I had the experience of a lifetime is a true understatement.

My favorite part of being a student at Liberty is so much more than receiving a great education, it is the experiences and opportunities that Liberty has to offer. From the athletics to hall events, concerts, musicals, speakers, bible studies, community service, exploring downtown, and meeting all the best friends a girl could ask for I find that there are always so many fun events going on!

I am excited to share with you all what being a student at Liberty is for me and just how great of a place it is! I hope you stick around and enjoy the journey we are about to go on together. Buckle up, it’s going to be a great one!

Emily Burke

Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration

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