5 Tips to Remember When Applying for an Internship

Have you started applying for internships or are you thinking about it? That’s great news! Internships can lead to plenty opportunities and benefits such as a career, new skills, or professional relationships. An internship can pave the way for you to reach your dreams, goals and career. The real-life experience and exposure can be exciting, but the application process can be lengthy or annoying. However, there are solutions to this frustration. Here are five useful tips to remember when you are applying for internships. 

Know, note, and meet deadlines

When applying for internships, make sure you are aware of the deadlines. Deadlines will sneak up on you. Apply early or as soon as possible to avoid missing an opportunity that could change your life. Meeting deadlines also show employers that you value punctuality and you are eager to intern with the company. Don’t wait too long to apply. Apply now! 

Tailor your resume and cover letter for the job

I know. I know. This can be time consuming or annoying. However, it’s worth it when it’s your career is standing right in front of you. Make any needed changes or modifications to your resume according to the internship you want. Always include your transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and experience with computers because it makes you adaptable. Find out what the employer is looking for from candidates and what the job responsibilities are. Once you find out, add any work or volunteer experience you have that relates to it. 

 

Have a letter recommendation or list of references

Having list of references who can vouch for your skills and work ethic not only makes your look good but let’s the employers know that you are the real deal. Your references should know you well enough to describe your skills, passion, and achievements. I always like to ask my teachers for letter recommendations or add them to my contact list because I spend most of my time at school. I’ve developed great relationships with a couple of my professors, so they are open to me using them as a reference for internships. For example, I currently have an internship in my field of study with the help of my professor writing a letter of recommendation. So, talk to a few professors, colleagues, or coworkers who can help you get your foot in the door. Always ask for permission first. 

Follow-up after submitting your paperwork

This may not be essential but always helped me secure jobs and internships. I believe this is the secret key to success when you’re trying to secure not only an internship, but a career. Life gets hectic. You’re busy, I’m busy, and your employer is busy. If you don’t hear from the employer about the internship position you wanted, send a brief follow-up email. Experts suggest to wait about a week to send the email. In the email, thank them for their time and consideration (SN, be sure to know your point of contact or the proper contact information to follow-up). 

Know what you want to gain from the experience 

You should be passionate and enthusiastic about the internship. It's an early start towards your career. The internship is supposed to benefit you and your future. Think about what you want to gain from internship experience. Write it down if it helps. Do you want to learn more about your field of study? Are you looking for a mentor? Gain or further develop your skills. Network and build relationships. Most of all, decide if this is the right path for you. Whatever your goals are, see if it’s available for you from the employer you’re applying for.

Keep the faith and stay confident collegiettes! With these five tips, you are sure to secure your ideal internship that will lead to a successful career. Do you have any useful tips that helped you in the past? Let us know below!