Securing an internship in college is extremely beneficial to not only one’s personal growth and development, but also to a student’s overall future in the field he/she may (or may not) want to prosper in post-college.
Below are a number of ways to secure an internship, while also build a killer resume to show off to employers!
- Network, network and network some more. Building your network of connections offers endless opportunities, both personally and professionally. Always take the time to introduce yourself to those you don’t know, attend events that may be out of your comfort zone and always connect via LinkedIn. The Philadelphia Public Relations Association is hosting a networking event, Careers 101, featuring top PR professionals in Philadelphia on April 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sign up beforehand or register at the door!
- Informational interviews. Reach out to employers who peak your interest for 20-30 minutes of their time to learn more about the company and roles. Informational interviews are another outlet to make a connection if you are interesting in applying at a later time. Forbes Inc. shares an excellent video of what to ask during an informational interview to help make a lasting impression.
- Utilize your Career Center: Take advantage of the resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, career fairs, workshops, and other resources your Career Center offers (for FREE)! It’s never too early (or late) to stop in to see learn what the center offers.
“I landed the interview, NOW WHAT?”
- Research: Researching a company shows you not only “did your homework,” but you also took the time to learn about the company and interviewer. Check out how to research a company before an interview via Successful Meetings.
- Practice: Write down questions you envision your interviewer may ask you (about your interests, qualifications, etc.) and ask a friend, family member, or anyone you are comfortable with to ask you the questions so you can perfect your answers before the real deal.
- Be CONFIDENT: Even if you are walking into the very first interview of your lifetime, walk into the room with your head held high and own the room! Interview Coach shares self-confidence is the MOST important trait you can bring to an interview. Find out why.
- Send a ‘thank you’ card immediately. Trust us, this can be a deal breaker! A thank you note is also a great way to share what you learned in the interview and reiterate why you are the best candidate for the position.
- Lastly, hope for the best! You did everything you could do. If one employer didn’t find you the best fit, another employer will (just like dating)!
Remember internships are about learning, developing your portfolio and building connections that have the potential to last a lifetime. Set goals, stay driven and work hard everyday, because IT WILL pay off in the long-run!
How have you landed internships in the past? Do you have advice for others? Let us know!