Tips for Finding a Summer Internship

By Danny Wong , last updated June 22, 2011

For those who are trying to land a great job in the future, finding a good summer internship is essential to give you professional experience and build up your résumé. Many college students apply for summer internships, so you will need to be well-prepared to take on that competition. If you take the extra time to plan ahead and start your internship search early, you will increase your odds of landing that summer internship you’re trying to get.

The first thing you should do is create a résumé. Before you can even begin applying, you will need a résumé that will let your employers know what skills you have acquired through both school and work experiences. Next, you need to come up with a list of potential companies that you would like to apply to. Try to find companies that you feel would give you good experience in your field of study, and are good fits for your personality. Once you come up with that list, go on those companies’ websites to see if they have any internships posted. If you find some that appeal to you, then don’t hesitate to apply. If you start this process in the fall before the summer you are trying to be an intern, you will be a step ahead of most people. Employers will like that you are applying early because it shows initiative.

After applying comes the waiting period. You may have to wait a while to hear back about interviews, but don’t be afraid to contact the companies you applied to. You can ask them if they received your application and express your interest in the position. This is another way of separating yourself from the competition. When it does come time for an interview, make sure that you research the company and the position beforehand. Dress as professionally as you can. Come prepared with questions to ask. This shows that you are interested in the position. After the interview is over, make sure to e-mail your interviewer to thank them for their time and further express your interest in working with them. Many times, companies will not even consider applicants who don’t send this thank you e-mail. Doing these things will give you the best opportunity to land a great summer internship.

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