The idea of landing your first internship can be really exciting. You’ll probably have a ton of questions, which is why we’re here to make sure that process goes smoothly for you! Here at Superinterns.com, we know exactly how you’re feeling because most, if not all, of us, have been there before. So here are some tips you can use before you apply for internships.
Many people have made the mistake of not googling themselves before they go out into the professional world. This can lead to future employers seeing embarrassing images or tweets that would change their perception of you. You may have had an awesome 21st birthday, but try to keep it as professional as possible if it’ll be on social media, especially if you want an internship.
When you gather the courage to type your name on Google, think about it like this: if you wouldn’t want your parents to see it, then maybe it shouldn’t be posted. Trust me, it’ll save you in the long run. On the brighter side, here’s a list that can help prevent you from making social media mistakes in the future.
REFRESH YOUR MICROSOFT MEMORY
Now, this may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people forget this step. You may have aced your computer science class freshman year, but it’s always good to brush up on your tech skills. When you finally do land your internship, you don’t want to be the intern that has to ask a million questions about formulas for Excel. Instead, you want to have all of that under your belt so you can move on to more important things later on. Here’s a great page to help you build up those skills!
DO YOUR INDUSTRY RESEARCH BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS
What is it that you truly want to do? Figure out that answer for a second. Now that you know what you really want, you can conduct the proper research. Look for internships that fit into your interests and then narrow it down. Think about why those specific internships would be perfect for you. Internships should be mutually beneficial and it should be in a field that you want to work in. It’s always good to start from somewhere, and doing enough research will prevent you from settling just for the sake of having an internship.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, CHECK THAT RESUME
Imagine driving to work but then suddenly your car stops in the middle of the street. As you put your hazard lights on you realize that your gas has been on E the entire time. Then you ask yourself, “How could I miss that?” And the answer is actually very simple: you didn’t check.
When it comes to your resume, you don’t want to have a moment like that because it can be extremely embarrassing. This is why you need to make sure you thoroughly check your resume before you apply for internships. Look for spelling and grammatical errors. You also should make sure that the information is accurate and relevant to the internships you’re applying for.
If you’re unsure about your resume, then you can check with your school’s career center or this website for help. Once you’re done with these steps be sure to visit Superinterns.com for more tips on landing jobs and internships!
By Jaydah Jacobs