How To Apply For An Internship

Internships are typically seen as the rite of passage that connects your university days to the start of your career. It doesn’t really matter what you have studied at university or college, there will be an internship that is suitable. It is important that you apply for as many relevant internships as possible, as they offer invaluable real life experience, and so much more.

How To Apply For An Internship

So, you know it is important to find an internship in your final year of university, but how exactly do you go about applying for an internship? It is important that you properly apply for internships, as this will increase your chance of actually getting accepted to participate in the internship program. Have a read on below to find out more about how to apply for an internship:

Find out where submission is

Every business will have slightly different places where people need to submit their application for an internship. It usually isn’t that confusing, but it could be a good idea to enlist the assistance of career guides at your university. They will help point you in the right direction, so you aren’t endlessly searching website after website, to see if they offer internship programs. 

Another good idea would be to go to a website where they list job openings, like Indeed for example, as most of the time these types of websites also have an option to filter just the internships available. You will be able to easily see all the different internships that are available in your area, and determine whether you want to apply for them.

Make sure your resume and cover letter are up to date

A lot of things change when you are doing your degree, especially if it is a longer degree. So, before you apply for any internships, it is important to ensure your resume is up to date. Some places will also request a cover letter as well. 

It is a good idea to write a new cover letter for each place you apply for, because it is pretty easy for the company to tell if you are just using a generic one for all the places you are applying. By writing something more specific to the business you want the internship with, it shows the person who is reviewing your application that you care and are dedicated.

When it comes to your resume and cover letter, here are some further tips to ensure you stand out:

  • Short and sweet – while you could go on and on about how amazing you are, try to keep your resume as concise as possible. This is not War and Peace so make sure you use dot point format and lots of sub headings to break up your resume into easy to digest pieces.
  • Be descriptive – but not too descriptive! It is important that you list all essential information about your past. Your resume should provide an outline of everything you’ve done and accomplished to date, and leave the person reviewing your application thinking that they want to learn more about you.  
  • Formatting – the format of your resume is vital. It needs to be easy for the company to skim through and find the important details they are looking for. 

Other application materials

While your resume and cover letter are by far the two most important pieces you need when applying for an internship, there are also other materials that you could potentially put forward as well. References are a good option to have, this could include superiors from your previous / current employment, or even your tutor or lecturer at university. 

Depending on the type of internship you are applying for, you also may be required to submit a portfolio of work. In a number of different areas, like graphic design, or photography, the company offering the internship is interested in seeing real life examples of your past work, and this will help determine whether they think you will be a good fit.

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