How To Apply For An Internship (And What To Do After Applying)

How To Apply For An Internship (And What To Do After Applying)

Getting an internship is a great way to gain real-world experience in your field of interest. An internship allows you to work at a company for a short period, usually around 2-3 months during the summer. 

As an intern, you get to learn valuable skills, make professional connections, and see if a particular career path is right for you. However, the application process can seem daunting. Follow these steps to increase your chances of landing an internship.

How To Apply For An Internship

  1. Know the type of internship you want. Decide if you want to intern in a particular industry, company size, location, paid or unpaid, etc. This will help narrow your search.
  2. Get a recommendation. Ask a professor, mentor or previous employer for a letter recommending you for internships. A good recommendation can strengthen your application.
  3. Write a resume. Your resume should list your education, any jobs or extracurricular activities, skills and accomplishments. Keep it to one page.
  4. Apply for internships. Search online job boards, company websites, attend career fairs and let your network know you are looking. Apply for multiple internships, as the process is competitive.

What To Do After Applying

  1. Respond and follow up. If an employer contacts you for an interview or to request more information, respond promptly. Follow up with employers every 1-2 weeks on your application status.
  2. Prepare for the interview. Research the company thoroughly. Practice answering common interview questions out loud. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
  3. Attend the interview without fail. Arrive 10-15 minutes early in proper interview attire. Bring copies of your resume and list of references.
  4. Follow up after interviewing. Within 24 hours, send a thank you email reiterating your interest in the internship.
  5. Be professional. Throughout the process, be polite and enthusiastic with all company representatives you interact with.
  6. Get the internship certificate. Upon completing the internship, ask for a letter verifying your attendance and tasks completed. This can boost your resume.

Where To Find Internships

Many places advertise internship openings including online job boards, company websites and your school’s career office. Also check social media, attend job fairs and let friends/family know you are looking.