Six Internship Job Search Tips
September 05, 2008
Each year, students obtain interesting, substantive and career-related internships. The keys to their success: preparation and an early start in the internship search process. Your search for an internship or summer job should be conducted in the same manner.1. Determine Your Priorities. Do you want career-related experience? The opportunity to travel? Funds to support tuition fees?
2. Identify Prospective Employers. Organizational directories, the Yellow Pages, and local newspapers can be used to pinpoint organizations of interest, including traditional summer employers: hotels, camps, convention centers, government agencies, etc. Your school’s career center also maintains both electronic and paper listings for internships and summer jobs.
3. Develop a Resume to Emphasize Your Skills. A resume can effectively present your background and distinguish you from other job seekers.
4. Start Contacting Employers Early. If you seek a career-related position, it is appropriate to contact the manager of an organization in your area of interest, as well as the Human Resources department, as early as three or four months in advance. Call or write to request information regarding internship and summer job opportunities.
5. Complete Application and Be Prepared for Interviews. If you are seeking a general, non-career-related position, you may be asked to complete and return a formal application. Be sure to complete these forms neatly and thoroughly, typing them when possible. If there are currently no positions available, request referrals to other employers in the field. Should you be granted an interview, be prepared to answer questions about your background.
6. Follow-up All Interviews. Always send a thank-you letter to the interviewer expressing your appreciation. If you were not granted an interview, follow up your application with a phone call, a letter or even a visit. Your interest and enthusiasm will distinguish you from other job seekers.
This article originally appeared on MonsterTRAK.