Summer may feel like the best time to land an internship, but the truth is that you can gain some more experience all year round. With so many remote opportunities, on-campus internships and opportunities abroad, adding more positions to your résumé should definitely be on your radar. If you’re thinking of taking on an internship during the fall, I’m breaking down exactly what you need to do beforehand. Get your name out there and start applying!
Visit Your School’s Career Center
Don’t ignore your school’s on-campus resources. Every college and university has a career center that is there for all of your internship needs. These experienced advisors can lead you in the right direction for learning the best companies to apply to during the semester. They will also make the process of getting academic credit for an internship so much easier and streamlined.
Update Your Résumé
The same advisors can help you tailor your résumé for specific job applications. Your classmates and friends are also great resources for looking over your CV and cover letter if you’re feeling unsure about them. It’s super important to note that your résumé summary or objective up at the top must make sense for each position. With that being said, it’s safer to have multiple versions of your résumé ready to go.
Do Your Research
I can’t stress this enough. You’re not going to get your dream internship if you don’t know plenty of details about the company and its current projects. Get familiar with what they’re working on whether it’s on social media, a blog, or public announcement. While it’s great to highlight the skills you’d excel in at a job, you don’t want to lie and pretend that you’re capable of doing things that you actually can’t.
Start Cold Emailing
If you’re applying through your school’s career portal or a company’s hiring software, it’s so easy for your application to be overlooked. While that entirely isn’t fair, you have to think about how many other applicants you’re up against. Find a company’s email format and send your résumé directly to the hiring manager. This way you have a much higher chance of having your materials be seen and considered for the job. Another pro tip: don’t apply for a job over the weekend. Get your email to the top of someone’s inbox by sending it out first thing Monday morning.
Don’t Get Discouraged!
The process isn’t always going to be easy, and we’ve all faced rejection at some point in our lives. If one internship doesn’t work out for you, there’s always another waiting for your application. It’s easy to get discouraged, but it’s just all part of the process. Keep on going, and you’re bound to find something that works for you.