5 tips for landing a summer internship
We are almost in October and students are already worried about summer internships. It looks like school has just started, but the battle for the best has already started. The whole process can seem overwhelming and very competitive for those who have never applied before. However, if you can get a head start, you will be sure to have all the opportunities you are applying for. Here are five tips for applying for summer internships:
Update your CV
At one point or another, you’ve probably had to make a sample CV for a course. Regularly updating your CV is essential in order to apply for internships. Be sure to only include extracurricular experiences and activities that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Resumes aren’t meant to be long, so be selective about what you choose to include. Also try to draw attention to important achievements such as scholarships and prizes. It will help you stand out among your competition.
The most important thing to remember is proofreading. It may sound silly, but it is one of the deciding elements. An employer won’t want to hire someone whose resume is full of spelling and grammar mistakes. Sites like Grammarly are great for helping to heal these kinds of mistakes.
Connect on LinkedIn
Building connections is very important when applying for internships. LinkedIn is a great way to not only find out which companies you are applying to, but also to know current and past employees. In addition to possible employers, connect with your friends, teachers and mentors. Knowing people in any industry always helps in getting opportunities.
Update your LinkedIn profile just like you would a CV. Add all your extracurriculars, internships and past jobs and even marketable skills. This way, when you connect with potential employers, they don’t have to wait until they see your resume before seeing everything you have to offer.
Have a reference
Along with link building, it is also essential to include at least one referral. This could be from a mentor, a former employer, or a related professor. When choosing who to ask, be sure to ask someone who really knows you. Most teachers won’t write to you unless you’ve made an effort in class to participate and get to know them.
This part can be especially difficult with online courses, as it was difficult to meet teachers through Zoom. Still, it never hurts to ask someone who could make a difference in your application process.
Don’t be shy when you apply
When you are still deciding where to apply, don’t be afraid to apply to as many companies or businesses as possible. A certain business might seem out of reach at the time, but you never know unless you try. You also don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket and rely heavily on a single opportunity.
Also check out websites like Glass door and Indeed for reviews and comments from former interns and employers. This can give a good idea of the amount of work you will be doing, the possible time commitment, and the general atmosphere of the job.
Have a cover letter
After deciding where you want to apply, you will need to attach a cover letter to your CV package. This is just a one page letter to the company you are applying to about who you are and why you want to work there. Before you start writing, do some extensive research on the company. You want to work at it for a reason, you just have to explain it.
Just like in a resume, highlight your previous accomplishments and the value you can bring to the company. Everyone is doing something right, so be sure to pass it on to your employers and how it can apply to your potential internship.