Long gone are the days of laying around by the pool or chilling with friends all day during the summer. As we grow up and start to prepare for the real world, it’s time to start acting like a boss! The first step? Getting an impressive summer internship on that resume! But since you’re just starting to build your resume, how do you get the job? We’ve got 7 tips to land an amazing summer internship.
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1. Pick an Internship in Line With Your Goals
Sure, you may not know exactly what you want to do with your life yet. Government? Advertising? Law? If you don’t know what you want, pick an internship that will stand out down the road. Applying as a personal assistant to a CEO (in any field) or working in any major digital company is a great start. These types of internships will help hone in on your team building skills, discover where your passions lie and help build your professional network. If you know exactly what you want to do, find out what your dream schools or companies are looking for and start preparing for that!
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2. Build Up Your Resume Before the Summer
An internship seems like the first, prerequisite for the job of your dreams (especially since it doesn’t pay). But if your ideal internship is an amazing stepping stone for your career, odds are that it’s in high demand. The only way you’ll stand out above the rest is to have some experience. This could be as simple as volunteering at your local animal shelter, running for a position on the school council or being a member of a particular club can help. Anything that shows leadership, interests in your career field or help within the community is a good step.
3. Work on Your Interviewing Skills
Interviews can be really hard. Your resume may be spectacular, but the interviewer wants to make sure you’re the right fit for the company. Just because you’re team captain and volunteering since you were 10 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the right fit for the internship/company. Practice with your parents, your friends, your teacher or your career program at school. And make sure you practice those hard, trick questions like, “What are some of your weaknesses?”, or “Why should I hire you?”
4. Learn Everything You Can About the Company
Nothing is worse than going into an interview and knowing nothing about the company. Sharing your knowledge of the company your applying to shows the interviewer that you’re very serious about this position! It doesn’t have to be a book report either! Tell them what you love about the company like the company mission or some of their clients they work with. Even knowing the company history is a great start. Just make sure you share this information during your interview.
5. Dress The Part
I hope this goes without saying but it’s time to put the crop top away and dress it up a bit. You’ve got dress for the life that you want, not the life that you have. Ladies, think pencil skirts or slacks, a respectable blouse, a blazer and simple flats/low heels. Gents, a business suit with nice shoes is the way to go. Don’t worry if you look over the top as this is considered standard and it’s always better to dress up than to dress down.
6. Stand Out
Now’s your chance to showcase your dazzling personality! Your resume is stacked, you know how to interview and you look the part. Now you need to show them why you’re a valuable asset to the company. Are you an amazing team player? Are you charismatic and charming? Are you funny? Use those personality traits (tastefully) to be remembered!
7. Follow Up Your Interview
Whether you killed that interview or maybe bombed, it’s important that you take the time to thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you. Not only will this give you an idea if you were hired for the internship, but will show them that you have impeccable manners and integrity. Values that are immeasurable in the workplace. Email, call or drop off a handwritten note to your point of contact thanking them for their time and include why you think hiring you will be beneficial for both parties involved!