How To Get An Internship: 5 Steps to Success

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Who here has ever tried to get an internship? If you’re raising your hand, I think you’ll agree with me when I say they can be pretty hard to find. If you followed along with my search over the past school year, you’ll know that I was riding the struggle bus. I would even go so far as to say I was driving the struggle bus.

That being said, I did end up getting a fantastic internship that I’m super excited to start! Because I am finally feeling calm about the whole thing, I wanted to share some insider tips I picked up throughout my searching process!

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Before you do anything, clean up your resume

Your resume is one of the most important components of getting any job! Personally, I like to edit my resume for the company or type of job I’m applying for. I do this by editing the skills to closely reflect the job description! For more resume tips, you can check out these posts: Basics, Details

Update your LinkedIn

A lot of college students don’t realize the sheer importance of LinkedIn! So many recruiters look to see if applicants have an active presence on LinkedIn. Make sure you have a recent, professional headshot and keep your your school and job information current!

Check for new positions every day

I probably spent about 20-30 minutes every day looking for an internship from October to April. I checked company websites, used my school’s job/internship portal, and looked at job board websites. New positions are posted practically every single day! This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I found that these websites worked the best for me:

Indeed.com – They literally have a bajillion jobs, all you have to do is search terms related to your industry!

Internships.com – Owned by Chegg, this website is the one stop shop for tons of industries! Whether you’re going into fashion or finance, they have job listings for you!

LinkedIn – What better place to find an internship that the number one professional networking website?

Free Fashion Internships – This is obviously a niche site, but if anyone is going into the fashion industry, check it one out!

Practice your interviewing skills

Obviously you can’t get an internship without interviewing with the company first. While interviewing can be pretty stressful, it’s crucial to know how to navigate them well. Use positive language, make eye contact, be immediate with your interviewer, and all that good stuff. For more information, I wrote blog posts on how to have awesome phone and Skype interviews! Hope you find them useful!

Never give up

This can be the hardest thing to do, but never give up. It can be easy to get discouraged, especially after a rejection or if you’re getting close to your deadline. The important thing to remember is that there will always be a company in your field searching for an intern, and that could be the company you were meant to work at. Hang in there, homie! You’re going to make everyone who didn’t hire you wishing they had!

Those are my tips for anyone looking for an internship! I hope they’re helpful, and I wish you the best of luck on your internship search!

Does anyone have any other tips they’d like to share about internship hunting? Let me know in the comments!

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24 Replies to “How To Get An Internship: 5 Steps to Success”

  1. Practicing skills is always good to do, and I always love cleaning up me resume a few times a year!

    1. That’s a great thing to do!

  2. These are good tips! Especially to look every day. I would also add asking your network if they know of any positions as well1

    1. Thank you Nicole!

  3. I had various internships throughout college and my year in broadcasting school and they all taught me so many valuable skills (and also what I DON”T want in a workplace as well as what I did want!). Every student should do one and you share great resources!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. I so agree! Thanks Annaliese!

  4. Finding an internship definitely requires persistence! I think it’s also good to check around with family and friends to see if anyone they know of has heard of internships in their fields. I found a really great internship through my uncle that I never would have heard about if I didn’t put feelers out there.

  5. Tilley Hanson says: Reply

    Internships can be so helpful but you are right that they are also hard to find. Great tips!

    1. Thanks Tilley!

  6. These are all so important! I only had one internship and it was certainly a learning process.

    1. It definitely is a learning experience!

  7. Great tips! Practicing interviews is so important!

  8. These are great tips for any kind of job search!

    1. Glad you liked them Kate!

  9. Keeping your LinkedIn up to date and networking with others on it, is so important!

  10. These are such amazing skills! Practice makes perfect so going over questions and having someone else interview is so important!

  11. I would also say to tap your network! ask professors, greek life, family, friends, and more!

    1. Another great tip!

  12. Love this! I can absolutely relate to the struggle of finding an internship. These are great tips though and I’m sure they will help a lot of people! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for reading Daynna!

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