If you've decided you're going to apply for a college internship, the next steps
you take will be vitally important. There are three easy, basic steps that every
internship job-seeker should adopt for their search.
1) Spread the word They say that
the number one way to find an internship is through networking, but unlike the decades
ago, the word "networking" has taken on a number of meanings. You should definitely
talk to friends and family, and spread the word about your internship search. Make
sure that you are as specific as possible about what you are looking for.There will
be family members who encourage you to take on positions with their own companies
that may not be the best choice for your future career. After your personal networks,
reach out to your internet networks including Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other
sites. You can do as little as posting your status as "looking for an internship;
let me know if you know of anything" or reaching out to people in your circle who
work at desirable companies or organizations in your field. Finally on Internet there
are tons of sites devoted to job searches, many that specialize in internship and
entry level positions. Don't just send a ton of resumes out blindly; target specific
people and industries, and treat each communication as a possible job. It is always
possible that you may not be right for one job, but your good impression can land
you in another position's job pile.
2) Cover letter and Resume Your cover letter and
resume are your pitch, the information that you are choosing to broadcast to your
potential internships. Put a large amount of through into how you want to present
yourself, and pay particular attention to any similarities that internships ads might
have with each other. Each year, there are a certain number of buzz words and skills
that pop up in the workforce. Reading through a number of internships ads and descriptions
will help you figure out what they are, and this will help you writing a winning
cover letter and resume for your internship.
3) Positive attitude For the most competitive internships, recruiters and hiring managers
are more often than not looking for reason not to hire you. This is true at every
step, and seems much less callous when you consider how many cover letters and job
applications they must receive on a given day. This means that there are many things
about the decision that are out of your control, and you can't take it personally. What
you can do is stay positive, particularly during the interview process and beyond.
Don't get upset if no one calls you right away, or if people ask you the same questions
over and over . Don't get upset if they lose your resume and ask you to send another
one. Smile if during the interview, the recruiter indicates that she doesn't think
that you're right for the job; it might be a test, or she might be having a bad day.
The only thing that you can ultimately control is how people see you, and you want
that impression to be cool, mature and positive. Who wouldn't want someone with those
qualities to be their intern?