Landing an internship is a great way to secure your path to employment after college graduation
. In addition to the textbook knowledge, working alongside professionals gives you the real-world application that sets you apart. You'll have meaningful work experience to add to your resume.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into the typical in-person internship experience. As businesses are working to keep employees safe by shifting to remote work, you may be concerned your internship chances are zero...this is not true.
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This list of full-time and part-time online internships for 2021 includes big name companies across the United States, AND your location will not hold you back. You can work from home
(or dorm, apartment).
If you’re looking for a remote internship program in 2021, this list of virtual internships is a great start!
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How to Get a Remote Internship
After you’ve found a few virtual internships you’re interested in, you’ll want to develop a game plan. Remote internships are in high demand. Meaning you want to give your internship interview
, cover letter and resume your very best.
Know what skills you can bring to the table that other applicants cannot! If you have taken a college course or completed a project related to the internship responsibilities, share this with your interviewer.
In 2021, interviewers will be looking for students with self-drive, and superior time management skills. Internship employers want to know they’re hiring an intern that’s reliable, on-task and works well independently. Consider this when preparing for your interview questions.
Also, think of a few situations you’ve adapted in 2020 due to the pandemic. Update your resume to include unique ways you’ve used technology, or how you adapted to get team projects done in a virtual setting. Use this internship cover letter example
as a guide; modify it to fit your positive 2020 experiences.
Know the Interview Platform
Odds are your remote internship interview will be a virtual experience. If you can, ask what platform you’ll be expected to interview on a week before your interview.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with this digital platform. Plan a practice interview with your friend or ask an instructor if they could call you on the digital platform for a mock interview.
Be sure you know all the ins and outs of FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom—whatever the tool is that will be used for your remote-internship interview.
Rid Distractions, Look Your Best
Eliminate all possible distractions that could occur during your interview by turning off your phone, silencing your doorbell, stepping away from social media, and even notifying your roommate about the important call. Check out this list of five digital interview tips
From lighting to video angles, this YouTube video
covers aesthetics to ensure you look your very best on internship interview call.