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Internship Time. Are you ready?

It may not seem like it just yet, but the school year is winding down and summer will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to find a great summer internship or job that will help further along your career someday.

  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. You’ll be sending out resumes and cover letters a lot, but you need to make sure they are perfect. Have a friend, professor, or the writing center on campus proof everything for you. It can’t hurt to have a second set of eyes on it. Then, once it is all correct and ready to go, convert it to a PDF before you send it out so the formatting does not mess up in transit.
  • Join LinkedIn. Chances are you have heard this already in some of your classes, but it couldn’t be more true. According to Forbes, “Hiring managers also prefer Linked in over other sites by two to one.” Once you join, make sure to fill in your profile completely using keywords related to your major. Also, add not only classmates but teachers as well. Feel free to ask teachers or other students for recommendations if you have worked closely with them.
  • Research the company. Don’t come into an interview with no knowledge of the company. Spend a good amount of time looking over their website, blog, etc. to learn about the company culture. You’ll also want to learn about their dress code if you can, but go one step above. Usually a conservative suit is your best bet.
  • Show your thanks. Once you have had an interview, whether it is phone or in person, be sure to send a thank you letter. Sometimes, it may be a good idea to send a quick email immediately after the interview, and also a thank you note via snail mail.
  • Consider volunteering. If you didn’t find a formal internship, you can gain valuable experience by volunteering with a worthy organization. Most nonprofits would be grateful for an extra set of hands. Also ask if there are ways that you can use your major in this position. For example, if you are a graphic design major, maybe you can make them a new brochure. This can also be a great resume builder.
  • Further your career. Once your internship is over and you feel confident you have done a good job, feel free to ask your boss or coworkers for a letter of recommendation or LinkedIn recommendation that you can use after graduation.

Check out our Pinterest board for other tips on landing internships or jobs.

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