If you are just finishing college, chances are you are looking for an internship in your field. However, there are other people just like you seeking these positions. Given the amount of competition, you will want to stand out and get the right internship for you.
1. Attend Career Fairs
While you might not be looking for a paying job in your field, you should still attend career fairs since the companies looking to fill internships will also be attending these fairs. By showing up and talking to these companies, it will help them to get to know you. This also just might help you to find an internship that you will enjoy.
2. Contact Companies in Your Area
If you are pursuing an internship in your area, you should contact prospective companies around you. You should call or send an email to the human resources manager of the company. Introduce yourself and explain what position you are seeking. Many college students have found great internships by cold calling local companies. You’ll never know what is out there until you try.
3. Have an Outstanding Social Media Presence
For those looking to make a positive impression and land an internship, social media is important. Before you start applying for positions, make sure your social media accounts look professional. Sure, it’s fine to go out on the town with your friends, but you might want to avoid posting any pictures that may give a bad first impression. Often those in charge of selecting interns will look at your social media profiles before contacting you.
4. Network as Much as Possible
A great way to make yourself known is by networking. Being in contact with others will help you to build relationships that may lead to an available internship. Don’t be shy to speak with family and friends about what your goals are and where you’re looking for an internship. You never know who may know a crucial contact in the industry.
5. Market Yourself
If you want to stand out from the crowd, you should find a way to market yourself. A great place to start is by building a portfolio of your accomplishments. If you are still in college or recently graduated, you might not have much work history. However, if you’ve ever volunteered or have done well on school projects, you can highlight that in your portfolio. Also, don’t forget to mention some of your favorite hobbies. If you have trouble putting together a portfolio, you may want to have one professionally made. This will cost you some money but it is well worth it. If you are on a budget like most college students, you can also research ways to borrow money and pay it back once you are hired.
6. Apply for Many Different Positions
One of the best ways to stand out in the sea of other interns is to apply for many different positions within the same field. Just because the position might not be the most interesting or the one you are targeting, that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. When sending applications, be sure to keep a list of all the places you have applied to track your efforts.
7. Think Globally
If you are not tied to your current location and are willing to move, there are internships overseas that might be right for you! Keep your options open and apply to as many of these positions as possible. Many young people love to travel, and this gives them a real preview of how it is to work in different areas.
8. Practice For The Interview
One of the most important challenges you will face while getting an internship is the interview. Most people get nervous when it comes to interviews. To combat this issue, make sure to practice with your friends or family. This will help you prepare well-thought-out answers to potential questions, and will help you appear confident.
9. Be Yourself
Last but not least, you should always be yourself when being interviewed. Most people want to see the real you and not someone you’re trying to be. Don`t feel pressured to try to impress but be genuine, relax and be yourself.
Now that you know how to stand out and land that dream internship, why not get started today? The sooner you apply for a position, the sooner you will be able to build your experience. An internship has the potential to help you land your dream job in the future.
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