So you want to be an intern. It’s the most big baby step of your young adult life and a gateway drug to the job market and you have no idea where to start. That’s OK! That’s why I’m here to be your fairy godmother into entering the glamorous world of unpaid to low-paid work!
1. Get your toolbox: The most important thing you can do for yourself is make yourself a good resume and basic cover letter. Whether this means paying your more design-minded friend in burritos or spending a day in the library, take your time, do your research and make sure you market yourself well.
2. Start early: I guess this is a little late in the game, but it is literally never too early to start compiling a list of potential internships and contacts. Trust me, I’ve missed some deadlines by not writing down potential opportunities and it does not feel good.
3. Search engines are your friend: Become acquainted with search sites like Indeed, Monster, Intern Match, etc. You can learn so much stuff about companies and all the things they have to offer.
4. Make connections: Chances are your university has a database for internships. Don’t be afraid to reach out alumni. They’ll probably love to help you out and give you tips on applications.
5. Follow up: Don’t be afraid to follow up after interviews. Thank the interviewer for his or her time and let them know how very lovely it was to speak with them.
6. Get your terms: Chances are this internship is going to be pretty low-wage or unpaid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate terms. If you need help with transportation, a stipend, college credit or even a day off to work part-time, don’t be afraid to ask.
7. Keep Calm: I know in a university environment it can seem like everyone is getting jobs and internships, but honestly, the best ones can happen seemingly overnight. Don’t fret your little heart about it. The process is just as important for you and finding one that fits you well.
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