1. Build a solid resume
2. Find the right internship
Take time searching for the best internship opportunities that would fit your needs. Whether the position is paid or unpaid, apply for internships that would benefit your long-term goals while making your resume look stronger. When searching, follow these guidelines:
- Apply for multiple opportunities - it is better to have options you can say yes or no to.
- Look through the company’s website in depth to understand what they do. Take your time to formulate any questions you would want to ask during an interview.
- Find an appropriate employee of the company that you can email your cover letter and resume to.
- Stay away from internships that ask you for money in order to work for them. These tend to be scams or services you do not want to be involved with.
3. Give it your all in the interview
- Prior to the interview, research the company and know basic facts about its history and what they do. Checking out their website and a quick Google search for recent news will do the trick. After formulating that information, you should go into the interview with a list of questions.
- Ask questions during the interview to show your interest in what they do and the position.
- Be prepared to answer any question they throw at you. Look up practice interview questions on the internet and practice how you might answer them. Most questions will be centered on your employment and education experience; others will be about long-term goals.
- Walk into the interview with confidence and dressed to impress. This will leave a positive impression.
- Send a follow-up thank you note. A quick email should do the trick. Thank the interviewer for their time and summarize what your understanding is of the job and remind them why you will be a good fit.