Top Tips for Landing that dream internship

Finding that dream internship

In recent times we have seen a rise in the amount of companies advertising internships which may turn into full-time employment with the company. While the term “intern” and “internships” are extremely controversial as some companies don’t pay their interns they are extremely helpful to gain some valuable experience and of course, it may lead to full-time employment. A random fact for you, but I myself did start out as an intern and it has opened so many doors and opportunities for me. Securing an internship certainly isn’t easy so here are my top tips to landing an internship you will love

Sell yourself 
Every day companies are inundated with emails so you need to make sure yourself stand out from the crowd. Make sure you know your strengths but also examples to keep the person reading your email interested. Your goal is too keep them reading and of course, make sure they like what they read. If you are fantastic at managing a team- tell them about a time you managed a team and a successful outcome. Keep them KEEN 🙂

Network 
Network, Network, Network! This really is so important. Attend conferences, lectures and networking events in your area of expertise, you never know who you will meet at these events, you may also hear about job opportunities?  If you don’t already have a LinkedIn page, SET UP ONE! This is crucial and another great way to connect with people in your area. If you have one set up, make sure it is up to date.

Perfect your CV and Cover letter
Make sure your CV and cover letter are up to date. I highly recommend getting one or two of your classmates or family to read both your CV and Cover letter to ensure everything flows correctly. It’s extremely hard to judge your own writing so get a friend of family member to proof this for you.

Knock on a few doors!
I don’t mean literally but there is absolutely no harm in emailing a few companies that you would love to intern with. Outline in the email why you have chosen them and attach your CV. At times we must be persistent but there is a fine line between persistent and annoying 🙂

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s