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11 tips when applying for a summer internship

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While it may seem super early, it’s important to start searching and applying now to ensure you have an internship this summer that you really enjoy. These 11 tips will help you make your internship search a success.

1. Cover letters are extremely important.

Sometimes an employer just looks at your resume and focuses on reading your cover letter. Be sure to fill it with useful information that can show your personality to an employer.

2. Proofread your cover letters at least twice.

A spelling mistake or mistake in a cover letter can cost you the internship. By taking the extra five minutes to reread your cover letter or have someone else read your cover letter, you can make sure you make as few mistakes as possible.

3. Google searches are good, but individual company searches are better.

Going to a company’s website and looking for a job can be more helpful in finding an internship to apply for than simply doing a general web search.

4. Expect to get rejections.

Rejection letters aren’t fun in any way, but try to keep your spirits up. What must be done will happen.

5. Be open to moving sometime in the summer.

Some internships provide housing allowance so that students can travel to the company headquarters and live there during the summer. This is a great way to test out a new environment – just try to have an open mind.

6. Be open to the idea that your internship may be unpaid.

While an unpaid internship may not sound ideal, sometimes you need an unpaid internship to gain valuable experience that can greatly help build your resume.

7. Don’t be afraid to contact the broker.

If you’ve been given the contact details of someone reviewing your internship application, feel free to email them or give them a quick phone call. It shows that you are interested in the position and that they are more likely to remember you.

8. Make sure all your documents are up-to-date and in order.

Make sure your resume is up to date, as well as a transcript if needed, so you only have to submit one to a company.

9. Sell ​​yourself.

If you get the chance to fill out answers to questions in a job application, promote yourself. Show which clubs you are involved in at school so that the company knows how good you are.

10. Be honest about whether you’re a good fit for a company or not.

You don’t want to get stuck in a company you hate for a whole summer, so make sure you see yourself working there honestly and appreciate what you do.

11. It’s okay not to do an internship right now.

Some of my super-prepared friends already have an internship, and it’s important to remember that everyone is on their own timeline. If you don’t get an internship now, you can get one later.


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