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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!

Emily Burke

Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration

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