Internships are basically a trial run of the real world, and we all know the application process can be very painful both physically and mentally. (Trust me. Been there, done that.) But don’t be scared, with an in-depth preparation, it’s perfectly do-able! Here are some tips on how to get the internship of your dreams this year.
1. Realize Your Potential
In today’s competitive world of business, it’s what sets you apart from other applicants of the internship that will determine whether you are going to receive the offer or not. Always be prepared for the “Tell me about yourself” question, and try to present your best self during the interview. Covering your career highlights and special skills in a way that’s authentic and engaging is fundamental for your résumé, but frame it in a sense that’s also useful for the company and the position.
I’d highly recommend having a strong LinkedIn profile including a detailed summary of your current achievements along with your volunteer experiences and the values you care about the most. To be more proactive, keep your LinkedIn profile updated so that you will have a professional profile ready to share when you start networking with employers.
2. Network, Network, Network
It’s always a great time to step up your networking game: a dinner, a small setting, and even on a plane. (Think about it, you are stuck with someone for hours. What can be better, right?) Keep up with LinkedIn as much as you do with other social media platforms and use it as a database of your contacts. If possible, try reaching out to acquaintances who work in the field you want to pursue, even knowing one person in that industry can create many future opportunities.
Go to networking meet-ups and job fairs to talk to company employees. At the same time, do not hesitate to visit your college’s career center. Keep in mind that you can always try approaching the companies you admire on email, social media, and at events. Reaching out to employers shows initiative, so don’t be shy and get a foot in the door!
3. Dress the Part
If you are selected to go and have an interview for your internship, congratulations! Are you prepared to make that terrific first impression? We are all familiar with the “dress for the job you want” saying. Wearing the appropriate attire to the interview is indeed really important, but this doesn’t always mean wearing a pencil skirt and a shirt.
Dress codes highly depend on the company culture. Every office has a different atmosphere and different expectations when it comes to attire. So apart from the job, you should also dress for the company you want to work for. (Bonus Tip: You can always check the company’s Glassdoor page to have a glance at their overall work environment.)
4. Do Your Research
One of the worst things you can do is to show up to interviews unprepared. It’s crucial to do a deep-dive on the company beforehand. Company’s website and social media accounts are your friends, try to make great use of them. Make sure that you understand the company’s mission and vision well enough to be able to answer the possible questions about the organization.
You also need to pay attention to the requirements and characteristics of position/ department you are applying for. Doing this will not only help you decide whether the setting is a good one for you, but it will also make you a more knowledgeable interviewee.
What are your tips on how to land the internship or the job? Let us know in the comments below. Fingers crossed for the 2018 opportunities!
Written by Zehra