#CareerGoals: Expert Tips On Landing Your Dream Internship
Summer is going to come around quicker than you can say 12-page midterm paper... and although finding the perfect internship can seem totally overwhelming, The Influenster Team is here to help you find the best internship ever! We tapped several members of the Influenster Team that specialize in tech, social media, sales, and more to help prep you for the best summer internship EVER.
You might be feeling a little bit like this.....
Don't worry! We're here to help, read on to see The Influenster Team's secret tips for landing the best internship ever!
HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM INTERNSHIP:
David, UX Pro: Indeed, Monster and other big employment sites can be useful for the quantity of ads, but these are not curated so it might be best for you to leverage resources in your network such as social media, or the career services of your school, as these are typically easy to use and a good way to differentiate yourself. Plus, people like to help out people they have some connection to, so don't be afraid to ask friends, professors, and others in your network for an introduction.
Imani, Content Creating Guru: Don't be afraid to reach out or put yourself out there! Even if the company is super big, successful, and seems exclusive most of the time a quick email or Direct Message can make all the difference. For example, if you follow an editor at a niche magazine you like, consider trying to connect on LinkedIn or through email, you'd be surprised how many people are genuinely happy to help you! Also, don't feel like you need to intern at the Vogue's and Nike's of the world. In my opinion, small companies present great opportunities to take on lots of responsibility and make a big impact!
Elizabeth, Co-Founder of Influenster: If the company you want isn’t on your college careers website or a site you're using, try contacting people who work there. Do some research to find out who the head of the department you are interested in working is. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Get one, and use “advanced search” to find the right people. You can also try to find the person who handles HR and internships if it’s a larger company and reach out, just make sure to do your research before!
DO'S & DONT'S FOR YOUR RESUME:
David, UX Pro: You should always include relevant experience in an easy-to-read format with dates and locations. However, don't try to include everything you can think of just to make your resume longer. I've found it's best to focus on recent and related experience. Another tip would be to pay attention to detail, any misalignment in formatting or spelling errors can be distracting!
Rob, Data Squad Whiz: One thing I'd say is even if you don't feel like you have 'official' experience in an industry, make sure you put some kind of experience on your resume, even school projects. When I didn't have much experience I included a few long-term school projects on my resume and the employers almost always asked about them and wanted to learn more. Additionally for tech-focused students, hackathons can be a really good way to get a project on your resume with minimal time commitment!
Beeni, Product Manager Extraordinaire: Make sure your web presence is updated, that means your photo and summary on LinkedIn align with the types of internships you’re looking for. Additionally, you should check if your social feeds are public, and if so, if they’re appropriate. It is always helpful to give your social handles (if they're appropriate) when applying for an internship with a company that lives in this realm.
HOW TO NAIL THE INTERVIEW:
David, UX Pro: Come well versed in the company, the position, and with questions specific to the position and company. Generic questions are ok (e.g. how is your company culture), but tailored questions show you really have spent time looking into them which will earn you respect.
Emre, Chief Product Officer: Get to your interview on time, just do it. Make sure to use the tools, services, products that company is offering before the interview so you can ask educated questions and bring good ideas to the table. Find out what the company is aspiring to be; new ideas are always great but make sure they are in line with company's mission and goals. Above all else, have a good attitude!
Beeni, Product Manager Extraordinaire: Do a lot of research before the interview. Don’t be the person who asks the president of the company what his/her role is... that is always awkward.
Elizabeth, Co-Founder of Influenster: Send a thank you! No follow-up, no job. Ever.
Have any more questions?! Ask away in the comments below! The Influenster Team will answer your Q's as fast as we can! If you want more career advice from Influenster check out more #CareerGoals articles like this one!