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How to Score an Internship

Brandon

January 24, 2014
Brandon

From choosing the direction you’d like your career to go in to landing your dream job, college is a significant time in your professional growth. An important stepping-stone in this process is finding an internship in your field of study. For many, this is he or she’s first foot in the door to the professional business world, and it may be a bit intimidating. However, keep in mind that this may be a window into what your life looks like after graduation.

The right internship has the ability to teach you more than any class ever could – while also beefing up your resume. It may also show you that your anticipated field of work may not be what you were expecting. That being said- the earlier you begin interning, the better! You can begin building a robust resume and nail down the application process before heading out into the ‘real world’.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Network to find open positions. If you know a friend who had an internship they enjoyed, ask them about it. They may know of open positions available in the immediate future. Connect with family members, friends of your parents or professors to gain connections to a company, as well.
  • If you know someone at the corporation, ask them to forward your information along to the correct point of contact. This is the most direct way of applying for a position. Knowing someone who is willing to submit your resume for you comes across as a great personal reference. The company has chosen to hire this person for a reason and will take stock in the fact that they are vouching for you.
  • When submitting your resume, always save as a PDF. Many times opening a .doc file in a differing version of Microsoft Word will shift content change the font. This alters the appearance of your resume and may make it look sloppy.
  • Include your name in the title of the document. Saving your resume as ‘Resume’ or ‘Professional Resume’ will make it more difficult to find if an employer searches for your file again.
  • Print out and bring multiple copies of your resume to any interview. Many times, additional people will be pulled into an interview to speak with you.
  • Dress the part.
  • Always questions prepared for the interviewer. A thoughtful question will show you are engaged in the conversation and interested in learning. Researching a company heavily before applying will help here.
  • Follow up with a thank you email.
  • Keep in touch with contacts even after your internship has ended. While you may not go to work for the company you intern for, keeping in close touch can help lead you to new contacts when searching for jobs down the road.

If you are interested in applying to in internship at Princeton Partners, contact Tracy Williams at [email protected].