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Getting a Summer Job or Internship

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lafayette chapter.

In the stress of everyone applying for Summer internships and jobs right now, we have to remind ourselves that if we are organised and persistent, it will work out. Here are some tips to make sure you are doing your best to get your dream internship. Some of these things may seem basic but they are really important to do in order to impress your future bosses.

  1. Spell check everything! Small errors like bad spelling can be a big turn off to future employers. Asking a friend to read through your resume, cover letters, or emails is an easy way to avoid any mistakes.

  2. Promote yourself! You are your own biggest advocate and your future employer will not know about your involvement on campus unless you tell them. They want to know about your leadership positions, variety in clubs or GPA.

  3. Reach out to companies, even if they are not advertising for internships! Many companies do not advertise internships, especially if they are smaller companies. It never hurts to reach out and see if they are interested in hiring you, or potentially hiring you after college.

  4. Make your resume stand out! Basic templates are helpful for knowing what to put in your resume, however in order to make your resume stand out find a different template. If you want to reorganise it so that it does not look like other resumes this may give you a leg up.

  5. Tell the companies what they want to hear! Companies love to be reiterated back their values and desire in a potential candidate. Using some of the same words that employers use in job posting shows them that you could fit into the position.

  6. Research the companies! Know details about the companies before you contact them in emails or phone calls. This will help show employers that you could fit well into the company and position.


Applying for jobs can be stressful, but remember persistence and staying organised is key. Keep trying and keep up the positive attitude and good work!


Krystyna Keller

Lafayette '21

Creating things since '98 Campus Correspondent for HC Lafayette