2. Land an Internship
With my senior year off to a great start, it is also a reminder that it will soon be coming to an end. In a couple of months, I’m going to have to face the facts and be out in the real world. I can guarantee you, I am not ready for that.
For starters, I have changed my major a total of five times, and even now I am second guessing it. To help myself better understand what I want to do for the rest of my life, I decided to apply to for an internship. Since my major doesn’t require it, I figured it would still be a great learning experience and I should go for it, but if don’t land one, it would be okay.
My passion for news reporting drove me to apply for something in that field. I successfully landed an internship as a Reporting Intern at Time Warner Cable News Syracuse.
Here on campus, Career Services has many available resources to land an internship. Below are a few tips of my own you can use:
1. Early bird gets the worm!
Don’t wait until to last minute to start looking. It’s okay to start looking a semester or two in advance. It’s better if you know what you need to improve or have ready when the time comes to apply. Pay close attention to deadlines! Just because your application is not due until 11:59 p.m. doesn’t mean you should wait until 11:53 p.m. to submit it. Technology isn’t always our best friend.
Double Triple Quadruple check your resume
When you submit your application, you’re not going to be able to sell yourself the way you want to pre-interview. Having a spelling-and/or grammar-error-filled resume can kill your chances. Use Career Services! They offer a resume clinic and are available by appointment to work on strengthening your resume. Don’t sell yourself short either; in today’s market experience. comes in different forms. President of your sorority? That’s a leadership role! — include it.
3. Go into your interview prepared.
Research the company you are interviewing with. There is nothing more embarrassing than being in an interview and not knowing who you’re interviewing with. Dress presentable and professional. Don’t wear a ball gown, but maybe khakis aren’t the way to go either. A good beard trim won’t hurt. You want to be taken seriously, and your appearance is the first step. Career Services also offers mock interviews. Schedule one a week or two before your interview, and while you’re there, order some of the free business cards they have available for students!
4. Be confident and never feel discouraged
We all can’t get everything we apply for or want in the world. Maybe you didn’t get that internship the first time. Stay confident in yourself, and it won’t be long until you land your first one!
If you are a student seeking an internship, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Take a risk because the worst thing they can say is no! Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Stop by the Office of Career Services to learn more about what they have to offer.
Want to learn more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check it out how far I’ve made it on my list!