Internships are the key to landing jobs by the time graduation rolls around. In some fields, internship experience is what separates and brings you above other candidates for real life jobs. Working your butt of at an internship can give you a leg up on the competition, while helping you to gain insight into the industry you want to pursue. Internships can be paid, used for college credit, or just for experience. Students often participate in internships during fall and spring semesters, but there are often opportunities throughout summer and winter breaks. Its’s all about finding the type of internship that works for you!
Where to Find Them
There are tons of resources to help students find internships.
1. Through Your School
Students can find help through their college or university. Certain departments of study may also have internship coordinators to help students of certain majors connect with jobs in their intended fields. Schools often set up job and internship fairs throughout the year to help students meet potential employers.
2. Online Networks
Businesses are using the internet more than ever before to post job openings and internship opportunities. Specific sites such as InternMatch.com and Internships.com allow students to make intern profiles and apply to job posts directly posted by companies. LinkedIn and Craigslist are also useful channels to connect students with all sorts of internship openings.
In certain industries its not just about what you know, but who you know. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family members if they have any professional or personal connections what can help get you an in with a company that you are interested in. Networking is a prime resource that can be used in an advantage within competitive job markets.
Dress to Impress:
Alright you’ve scored an interview, now what do you wear?! Some companies can be more casual than others, but it is always wise to dress professionally upon meeting an interviewer. Makeup should be light and natural looking and hair should be up or styled.
Appropriate pieces include:
- Blouses/ Sweaters
- Dress Pants
- Pencil Skirts
- Tasteful Heels (not too high)
How to Land The Internship
1. Have A Killer Resume
A resume is a way to showcase all of your experiences and accomplishments and helps you to stand out from other candidates. Make sure to highlight relevant coursework, previous internships and projects that would compliment with the position you are applying for. Go over your resume with a friend or professor to make sure their are no mistakes that could potentially be seen by employers.
2. Do Your Research
Research the company through it’s social media and website. There is nothing more impressive in an interview than when a candidate has an extensive background on the company.
3. Ask questions
Come prepared with questions! You never want to leave an interview without having asked at least one question. Questions such as “What role does this position fit within within a company?” or ” What have you enjoyed most about working at____?”
Following up after an interview is a great way to further establish your interest in a position. Whether it’s sending an email or making a phone call, potential employers enjoy reassurance that you are interested in them.