Are you about to graduate and looking for an internship? So, let’s discuss this in a little brief.
An internship is a short-term, paid or un-paid, part-time or full-time, work experience offered by companies and other organizations for students to get some entry-level exposure to a particular industry or a particular domain. Internship experience is helpful as a degree alone from the university doesn’t cut a high paying job anymore and the expectations bar of employers has risen. The experience of an internship proves to be beneficial for both students and the company.
Benefits of an Internship
An internship provides numerous benefits to a fresher, for instance:
Explore a career from your domain or even from other domain and find out if it is the right fit for you
Gain some basic experience in the chosen career domain also explore your personal strengths and weaknesses.
Determine if you are a good fit for certain position and which company or industry would be a suitable for you.
Having a paid internship allows you to be financially independent.
Step-by-step guide to help you get your dream internship
Here are some useful tips to find your next internship:
a) Create a professional Resume with a cover letter
To land to your dream internship or company, you need to have a good resume and cover letter. Resumes are brief documents that showcase your skills, education and professional background.
It contains your name and contact info, educational background, professional experience (if any).
It includes your skills and details of any relevant project that you might have undertaken as part of your syllabus.
Other sections can include your hobbies & interests, languages, certifications, or achievements.
Be clear, precise, and relevant in your Resume. Also, it is a good practice to have a cover-letter in-place. A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application (alongside your Resume). It provides further details on how your skills align with the role you are applying for. A good cover letter can spark the HR manager’s interest and get them to read your resume.
b) Look for the right Internship opportunity
There are many different openings available out there, but most important part is finding the right one for you. To know that, it’s important to analyze your aspirations. Set your goals and learning objectives from an internship. After having concrete idea of which internships would be the right fit for you, it’s time to apply.
There are three ways to find the internship for yourself-
I. Job sites - Thanks to the power of the internet, there are countless websites where you can apply for internships. You can search for the internship titles you’re interested in and keep applying until you get your dream role.
II. Use Campus Resources - Go to your campus career center and attend career fairs and take part in on-campus recruiting. Job fairs might seem scary at first, since they require you to be physically there and connect. But if done well, they can really open up a lot of doors and get your foot in the door at the right place.
III. Emailing the company directly - If you have a dream company in mind, but they don’t have any relevant internship then what to do? You can try writing a letter of interest to any hiring manager or someone in HR department of that company and ask them in a polite way in hopes that they will either contact you when one opens.
c) Prepare for your Interview
If you got an interview scheduled then half the battle is won. As next steps, you should do complete research on the company and try to gather as much information as possible like what sort of products/services they offer, how many employees work in the company, their office locations, recent financials, share prices of listed companies, management team and CEO, etc. Use all of your research to come up with relevant questions to ask at the end of your interview. And always remember to be honest with the hiring manager!
d) Finalize the Offer
If everything goes well, landing the perfect internship can jumpstart your career. Most companies make it official by sending you an offer letter, which you will be expected to sign and return to them. Look out for important details like start dates, responsibilities, pay rate and location.
Remember, finding an internship requires patience and consistency. You need to keep trying.
And if you are still not sure how to find internship then do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We might help you find one faster!