Locating and Applying for
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There are many reasons for doing an
internship. An internship will allow you to test your career objectives,
help you identify your talents, direct you toward an appropriate
career, and help you to acquire those essential practical and
professional skills you need in the business world.
setting out to find an internship, ask yourself these questions:
- Where do I want to
do an internship? My hometown? Out-of-state?
type of work
would I like to do? In what field?
organization would I like to do an internship for?
want to gain
from an internship? What specific skills or experiences do I want to
Here are some suggestions for locating employers and
- Check with your
academic adviser to see if your department maintains listings of
internship opportunities in your field of study.
Services office in GUC 133. The office maintains internship listings on
as well as help you locate other resources such as books, employer files and
directories, and other web sites.
- Attend job fairs.
Employers often use fairs to identify students for internships as well
as for full-time employment.
- Contact the Chamber
of Commerce of the city where you would like to work to obtain
information about local employers.
- Network. Talk with
friends, family, co-workers, supervisors, instructors, administrators,
and professionals in your field of study, and let them know you are
searching for an internship. You never know who might be able to put you
in touch with a contact person for an internship opportunity.
- Design your own
internship. You may find a company that interests you but that doesn't
have an internship program. Think about what you would like to gain from
the internship and what you have to offer the company in return. Let the
company know what your goals are and what you want to learn. If the
employer is interested, you can work together to design a list of
responsibilities and activities for your internship.
Each employer has its own application process, so find out what the
application procedure is for each internship that interests you. What is
the deadline? What will the employer need from you to make your
application complete? Start the process early.
Many internship opportunities require an application and/or resume. Here
are a few tips to get you started:
your resume to one page-Use headings,
bullets, and bold lettering to highlight important items.
- Place contact
information at the top of your resume. Include your name, current
address, and phone number. Consider including your permanent address and
phone number so the employer can be sure to reach you.
using an objective near the top of your resume to give it focus. A
simple objective like "To obtain an internship in the XXXfield" may work
- Your education
section should include your degree, major and minor, anticipated
graduation date, and name and location of the college you are attending.
You may also want to include a list of related course work.
- Describe your
related experience-such as a volunteer job or leadership position-using
For more information about putting together a resume for an internship,
also need to write a cover letter to accompany your resume. Here's how
to get an employer's attention:
- Structure your
letter along these lines: First
paragraph-State your purpose for writing and your interest in the
- Second and third
paragraphs-Highlight your education, experience and personal qualities
that you can bring to the position.
- Final paragraph-This
is your "action" paragraph. Ask for an interview and let the employer
know how you plan to follow up. You may also want to include any contact
information that will help the employer contact you for an interview.
- Close-Thank the
employer for considering your application.
- Make your cover
letter reflect your personality and unique qualities while also showing
off your great writing skills!
proofread, and proofread! Remember that you never get a second chance to
make a good first impression.
For more information about writing a cover letter for an internship,
employers also interview internship applicants. For tips on how to
succeed in the interview, click
Your final task is to select the internship
opportunity that is the best match for you. Review your goals for doing
an internship and choose the opportunity that best meets those goals.