This summer, many students are taking advantage of their time off by completing internships in their desired fields.
Most of these students prepared for their positions in the spring semester, a season before their desired start time.
But what about students who are not interning currently, but want to do so during the fall semester? Where can you find opportunities, and what do you need to do before applying?
The first thing to realize is that preparing for your internship hunt is just as important as the search process itself.
During the summer, when free time is abundant and classes aren’t bogging you down, students can use their time wisely and prepare for a fall position.
Listed below are four ways to prepare for your upcoming fall internship search:
- Resume Overhaul:
We hate to break it to you, but one great resume doesn’t fit every job application. Even if you created the best resume two semesters ago that landed you a great internship, unless you are applying for the same position at the same company, it needs to be updated. Ideally, you should create a resume complete with relevant skills, experience, and keywords mentioned in the job description for each job you are applying for. Failing to tailor your resume to the various positions you will be applying to could keep you from getting a chance to interview for a position.
- Professional Development Consultation:
Did you know that the College of Liberal Arts Professional Development office is open throughout the summer? You can make an appointment to go over your resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and more before you begin your fall internship search. During the summer, a lot of students aren’t on campus, so this is a great chance for you to get your top choice of time for a meeting before the usual fall rush crowds our office!
- 100 Interview Questions:
One of the toughest parts of the job or internship search is navigating the stressful interview process. If you aren’t prepared, you could be thrown off by a simple question and never receive a call back. The best way to prepare for interviews is to practice, and this can easily be done throughout the summer months. Find a list of popular questions asked during job interviews online and have someone quiz you on your answers. It is not recommended that you memorize your answers, but more practice will allow you to feel at ease in the interview setting.
- Summer Shopping:
Throughout the summer, stores everywhere have great sales for bargain shoppers. During the fall, blazers, dress pants, and suit coats will be at top price due to cooler weather trends and demand. Use your summer shopping time to pick up interview essentials while they are still discounted!
There are many ways to get ahead professionally before the fall semester begins! Don’t wait until the last minute, and be sure to reach out to our office when you have found your perfect position.