How to Apply for an Internship
It’s that time again, when business students are crawling over each other for a spot at Goldman Sachs, communication students are scrambling for a desk at Bumble, and art students are trying to figure out who their summer muse is going to be. Applying for an internship can be a harrowing tasks. Here are some tips that might help you in finding something to do other than eating at home with your dog on the couch for the summer.
By Kennedy Woodard
Let’s be honest the internship process is kind of screwed up. You struggle and cry for hours for an unpaid job because you need the clout on your resume. So why do we do it? Because even though it may be unpaid and you may be getting coffee or sweeping floor, there is so much to learn and gain from working for a company you love. There are three things that are imperative to scoring an internship. The ‘Holy Trinity’ if you will:
The key to a good resume is being truthful. I know we all want to give ourselves a little lift by embellishing some things. However, that is not the best way to start a relationship with your future employers. A good resume also has impeccable formatting. There are many resources you can check your resume with. For example, your parents have made countless resumes and can check if yours looks right. There are also templates on Google that you can compare your resume to as well. Showcase your skills you might’ve learned in any classes and any award or achievement you have ever gotten. Make sure you include volunteer experience! This is so important because even if you want to make millions they want to know that you have a somewhat of a heart and give some of your millions to those in need. Be honest about your what you’ve done. Even if you lack experience, you can make up for it in passion.
This is your golden ticket. This is the prelims to the big race. This is the point where you can say what you need to say about who you are and what you can offer. The cover letter can be a strenuous thing to do but it is where you show how much you want this job. The formatting for a cover letter can also be found in a template through Google. In the first paragraph, you should highlight your background and what makes you qualified for the position. In the second, you should mention what you are passionate and how that will aid you in your work. The third paragraph is a big one and should be written with clarity. This is where you hype up the company and combine your skills with their mission. Why are you a perfect match for them? The second to last should be a little blurb about who you are as a person. You should make sure this is honest and you're putting yourself on paper. The last little blurb is a small conclusion that should wrap up everything you said and leave them with a good feeling of who you are and how you work.
For some people this can be the hardest part. Because this is the final step before you know if you get the job or not. Interviews can be tricky because there are many factors that can affect how you do. Skype interviews are a big thing for college students because most internships are far away from them. Those interviews are slightly easier because of the fact that it doesn’t feel that real. However, you need to remember to be well spoken and well dressed, even if it’s just the upper part of your body. Have talking points ready for possible questions you will be asked, and make sure you have a few questions ready to ask the interviewer. Make sure you check your internet connection and webcam so that there are no malfunctions. The in person interview is a bit harder because you are in the room with the other person, sitting in the office you could be working at, and your nerves are more visible. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be confident. Be confident in your abilities and in your love for what you are doing and it will show through.
The internship process is a mess and a half and can seem like the biggest thing in the world. Even if you don’t get it, keep applying and keep trying. One rejection will not determine the rest of your career. If anything, it will help you. If you know what you want to do and love it, you will find a way to do it. You will get beaten down and feel like you’ve lost hope but that’s what makes it worth it. For that moment when you finally get that ‘Yes!’, or that call or that email, you feel like your doing something right, like maybe this isn’t for nothing. Fight for your dreams and go after your goals. It will take you where you need to go.