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How To Get An Internship

Evan Lefkowitz
Administrative Associate
CareerNation

Over the last twenty-five years, internships and similar opportunities for professional experience have become the bedrock of a solid resume. As a result, internships have become increasingly competitive and strenuous to obtain. In this blog, I will delve into four ways that will make you stand out from the competition and get that coveted internship.

Step One: Refine your resume and make strong references who will speak highly of your character. The first tool to getting your foot in the door is for an employer to be impressed by a stellar and thorough resume. As a result, refine your resume so that your objective statement is tailored towards the given internship position you desire. Secondly, call your contacts and let them know ahead of time that you will be applying for this position. This will give them a friendly heads-up that they will expect a call regarding your personal character.

Step Two: Apply to as many internships as possible. When I first started applying to internships during my sophomore year of college, I soon realized that there were many different types. Some internships were everyday from 9 to 5 and paid while others were two days a week from 10 to 1 and unpaid. Since internships are of vital importance, you want to keep your options open and select the internship that best suits your learning, career path, and professional aspirations.

Step Three: Prepare for the interview. Like a job, you want to research the company that you plan to intern for. Research the company in order to understand what their purpose and services are and to learn about their senior management. By doing so, you will show a level of professionalism, commitment, and knowledge to the company.

Step Four: Be patient. Like most things in life, getting an internship does not happen overnight. Many times, it takes weeks or even months to find the right internship and fit. This mindset will teach you that everything happens for a reason and that good things come to those who wait.

Picture Source: https://choosework.ssa.gov/blog/2018-04-05-work-and-learn-as-an-intern

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