Originally posted on thedailykaylie:
To all my fellow college students…It’s almost November. That means you’ve mostly taken your midterms and have only a few more weeks before the semester ends. That also means that spring semester is right around the corner. April flowers brings may flowers…AND INTERNSHIPS. Don’t forget to start utilizing Google to it’s fullest by looking up companies you may want to work for in a couple of months. Internships are so extremely important, especially in the communications field. By taking part in an internship you will learn valuable skills as well as make connections with professionals. Interning is awesome because you get to choose where you want to go and you intern at multiple places throughout your college career in order to discover what you like and what you don’t. Personally, I have done two internships, both in entertainment PR and they were the most amazing experiences. It’s never too early to start thinking about upcoming internship opportunities. Here are some tips for putting your best foot forward:
- Research! Before you send your resume anywhere, make sure you know what the company is about, their philosophy, their area of expertise, their clients, etc.
- Look for internships in a city near you, there are always more opportunities in a busy area.
- Figure out who the contact is before compiling your cover letter. It is always best to address your cover letter to someone personally. Call the company if the name is not listed, it shows how interested you are!
- Read, re-read, and re-read everything you are sending to the company multiple times to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors.
- Dress professionally for interviews. It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed.
- Print multiple copies of your resume and writing samples to show your interviewer(s).
I know that preparing for an internship may seem like a daunting task, but once you get into it, it’s a really exciting process! Get to it!