Applying for an Internship
Applying for an internship can be a stressful process. However, more and more majors require from students to participate in an internship as a part of the obligatory program. The obstacle may be a high competition for one place. The task is to find the perfect place for the internship that will impact your resume and graduation success.
Harmless ways to apply for internship
We want to describe the process of applying for a summer internship that doesn’t require much buzz and anxiety.
Step 1. Create a huge list of all places you want to be an intern in. Don’t be shy, dream big; don’t think about distances, money and other side stuff. Just imagine where you would like to go. Use all the resources you can get, check your emails. Ask professors about college connections, where other students had internships. Finally, Google it. Even if the company doesn’t have a formal internship program, it’s not a big problem. You may become the very first intern there. Ready?
Step 2. Shorten the list knocking off the companies that won’t pass your criteria. To do that, you must decide what is important for you. Think of where you want to live, whether you want to get paid and so on. In such a way, you can filter your big list. Then narrow it by crossing off the least attractive places and voila! You get a pretty list of companies that fit your requirements and you are ready for Step 3.
Step 3. Create the outstanding resume and cover letter. I won’t stop for this one because you have certainly seen tons of material about improving your resume and so on. The main point is that it must be spotless, without any mistakes, and it must draw reader’s attention. I will also advise you to ask friends, parents, and professors to criticize your resume and cover letter. Only after a scrupulous proofreading, you can fill the application for internship.
Step 4. Calm down as much as possible at this anxious moment and apply for your internship. The online application process doesn’t require a lot of efforts. Yet, it’ll be more efficient to write an email to the company’s representative to outstand from the crowd in a nice way. If the company doesn’t have a formal internship program yet, find and contact any person that works there. Your determination and strong interest in the company will help you to become the first intern in the company’s history.
Step 5. Don’t forget to send a follow-up email. Provide your contact information with email, and be polite and patient.