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Via The Ipswich Advertiser : How to score your dream internship

WITH graduates rising to the top faster than ever before, many are starting their legwork early by securing internships in high school or university.

But what makes a good intern and how can you maximise the learning outcomes of your industry experience?

I asked Kirsty Mitchell, the director of Bond University’s Career Development Centre for her top tips.

“An internship is not always about getting a foothold into a job,” she says.

“It might segway into a job, but it might not and that’s OK because it’s actually about building relationships and transferable skills.

“You want to be adding value and asking yourself: “Why am I interested in this?”

Bond University student Peyton Hutchins, 17, discovered her passion for journalism in high school, and sought out an internship at the Gold Coast Bulletin when she was just 16.

“I found the experience so beneficial because it helped me build skills and get (real world) insight into the industry,” she said.

“I think you have to be passionate about it too … I took a week off school mid-year which was quite an important time, but I knew the opportunity to do work experience would be so valuable.”

Ms Mitchell shares more of her tips below:

ON LANDING THE INTERNSHIP

Internships, work experience, there’s so many different names that companies will use to advertise opportunities.

Some students, particularly university students, will secure an internship through an informal interview which is an opportunity for you to ask questions about how this person got to where they are, and show some real interest.

LinkedIn is also a great tool: never has it been to transparent to know who the CEO or CFO of a certain company is.

ONCE YOU’VE GOT IT

IT’S important to set out your expectations early and ask: what are the tasks, time frames and realistic deliverables that I can achieve here?

Being a student is your primary job so don’t overcommit, but do have a plan to work through so that you know you’re contributing.

Try shadowing people in different areas of the business other than your own and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Some people think ‘well im not getting paid to do this’ so they’ll turn up late or dress casually … the reality is that you’re not going to be curing cancer on day one, you have to know the chords before you play chopsticks.

Make sure you dress up on your first day – not in a ball gown – but if the dress code is smart, go one step above that. Treat it like a job interview.

You should also be welcoming and friendly and remember names.

Some people say ‘oh I’m rubbish at remembering names’ and that’s just a huge cop out.

You will get to know people in the office if you A) know their name and B) ask them interesting questions.

And nothing builds a relationship quicker than bringing in a packet of cupcakes to share.

Via Uloop : How to Stay Motivated when Applying to Internships

Applying to internships is an exhausting process (both mentally and physically). Because of this, people oftentimes have issues staying motivated and staying on top of their applications. The fear of not getting an internship and the fact that applications tend to take a long time causes students to lose motivation and then stress at the last minute because of their lack of motivation. Well, I am here to tell you that there is a better way! I’ve been through the whole internship application process and am currently going through a similar process in finding a full-time job after I graduate, so I promise you that my tips are helpful and doable! Keep on reading if you want to ensure that you stay on top of your internship application process!

The best piece of advice I can give to those of you applying to internships is to create a schedule and to stick to it. In order to stick to a schedule, it needs to be realistic… for example, you can’t have 20+ difficult and time-consuming tasks to complete in one day on top of your academic and social schedules. When creating your schedules/to-do lists, make it in accordance with your class schedule that day.

If you have four classes in one day, schedule two or three difficult tasks for that day or five to ten easy tasks for that day. If you have two or one class in one day, use that time wisely and try to complete ten or more internship-related tasks that day. I know this schedule may seem somewhat vague at the moment, but I promise you I will go into greater specifics later on in this article. The main point of this paragraph-long spiel is to ensure that you allot your time wisely in accordance with your academic and social schedules.

When applying to internships, there are a few types of tasks that go along with the entire process—writing a resume, writing a cover letter template, writing individual cover letters for each job applications utilizing said template, updating your LinkedIn profile (or creating one), searching and saving job listings, prepping for interviews, reaching out to connections, attending career fairs, and, last but most important, submitting an actual internship application. Always begin your process by writing a solid resume and a cover letter template that can be adapted and individualized to each application; this can usually be done in one day, so do this on a day where you have little or no class.

Be sure to proofread your resume and cover letter and have at least two other trustworthy and unbiased people read your resume and cover letter. Listen to their advice, but don’t deviate from what you think is truly best. Creating and writing a resume and cover letter is an activity that should always occur on a day in which you have a lot of free time… you don’t want to stop and start this process over a series of days because it can get confusing.

Tasks like updating your LinkedIn profile and searching for job listings, are tasks that can be done on busy days because the bulk of this work is going through the mechanics. When updating your LinkedIn, you are essentially copying and pasting your already-made resume into your profile and searching for people to connect with. This process is something that is usually unaffected with a lot of stopping and starting. You might think I’m crazy for saying that finding job listings can be done on a busier day, but there are many steps that go into finding job listings and the preliminary search is the work that can be done on busier days.

Registering for websites like Indeed.com or Internships.com are great and easy ways to get the ball rolling on your internship search. They allow you to save jobs to your profile and they also allow you to upload your resume to your profile, which makes the future applying to the job much easier. When reading job descriptions, however, you should allot a few hours a day to ensure that you meet the job requirements and to make sure that you are actually interested in the job.

Networking and utilizing connections are things that can be done all throughout the day through both face-to-face conversations and e-mails. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Devote a couple hours each Friday to talking to professors, advisors, career counselors, family friends, family, etc. to network for certain internship opportunities that may not be publicized online. In addition, if you have a meeting set up with a professional, be sure to have copies of your resume and cover letter handy (this is a similar process to how businesspeople always have their business cards handy because you never know who you are going to meet).

I always try to fit in at least an hour of networking into my everyday schedule, but this is subject to change depending on your dream internship as well as the networking events provided by your university. However, networking is the most important part of staying motivated and on top of your internship application process because you never know what can come from networking and the worst thing someone will say to you if you ask for his/her help is no, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

When it comes to finally submitting your internship applications, make sure you have notes on the due dates of each application and be sure to read over each application multiple times. I suggest submitting your applications that Sunday before they are due and devoting six to eight hours to do so. By doing this, you can start your week off fresh and focus on fully on your academics instead of diving your time between searching and applying to internships and your schoolwork.

I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to be aware of due dates and application requirements. Read through everything at least three times and even have another person read through your stuff so that you have a fresh pair of eyes looking through your work… I promise it’s worth it, even though it may seem tedious.

I wish everyone the best of luck with internship applications and make sure to stick to a regimented schedule and to remain on top of your application deadlines!

Via Uloop : 7 Internship Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Going for an internship interview is a little different than going for a job interview. The interviewer will be looking for different qualities and skills in a candidate for an internship than a permanent position. The questions may be different and the atmosphere of the interview may be different too. That being said, there are some internship interview mistakes to avoid in order to ace your interview and land the internship.

Show Up Late

Punctuality is key when it comes to landing an internship. If you show up late for your interview, you have already put a bad taste in the interviewer’s mouth. They may write you off then and there because they may worry it is a consistent problem they will have to deal with if they hire you.

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time when traveling to your interview. If you have to take public transportation, account for delays. If you are driving, account for traffic. It’s always better to arrive early to show them that you are eager to be interviewed for the position than rushing through the door late.

Don’t Bring Resume or References

Along with preparing for an interview, you should print out copies of your resume and a list of professional references to bring with you. Make sure to bring a few copies with you because you never know how many people will be interviewing you. When you offer your resume, it shows that you come prepared and are always one step ahead of the game.

At the end of the interview, pull out your list of professional references for your interview whether or not they ask for it. This shows confidence that you are qualified for the job as well as being prepared.

Dress Inappropriately

Dressing professionally is difficult, especially if you aren’t exactly sure what constitutes as professional or not. Take a few minutes and look online at some guides on what you should wear to an interview. If you aren’t sure whether you should dress business casual or business professional, it is always safer to dress business professional. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed at an interview.

It may sound shallow, but the way you present yourself and how you look can be a huge factor when a company decides to hire an intern. They want someone who is clean, well-kept, and knows how to dress professionally because they will be representing their brand.

You Ramble and Tell Stories

It’s okay, if not encouraged, to tell stories about experiences during an interview; however, there is a fine line between talking about your experience and rambling on. Don’t worry, rambling and going off on tangents happens to the best of us, especially when we are nervous. However, it is important to be aware of it when it is happening.

Keep your answers short and on topic. It’s okay to take a long pause to think about how you will answer a question. It also never hurts to prepare some standard answers beforehand and practice saying them out loud.

You Don’t Ask Questions

At the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. The answer is always yes. If you do not have any questions about the position, it shows them that you really are not all that interested in working for them. This is an essential part of the interview process.

Some sample question topics are about the typical day, skills needed to succeed, and where the company sees itself in the next ten years. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about things you spoke about in the interview too.

You Ask the Wrong Questions

You may ask questions about the position, but they are the wrong questions. Questions about getting a job offer at the end of the internship are inappropriate. This shows that you don’t care about the experience of having an internship and are only focused on the job offer at the end.

Putting an emphasis on getting paid is also inappropriate. Some internships are paid and others are not. It’s okay to ask if it is paid or not, but don’t put an emphasis on this.

You Aren’t Humble

It’s always important to never brag about yourself during a job interview. Learn the difference between talking about your accomplishments and bragging about your skills and achievements. It’s important to stay humble about your experiences, but stay confident that they are important factors that make you a qualified candidate.

Nobody wants to work alongside someone who thinks the world of themselves. Especially when interviewing for an internship position, you must show them that you are willing to learn and own up to your mistakes because you are learning the industry.

Via Victoria Advocate : Tips for turning internship into employment

Internships are beneficial for both the intern and the employer. The intern is able to learn and gain experience in their field of study. The employer is able to see how an intern works and fits within their organization. If an intern is well-suited for an organization, an employer may offer them a job.

Tips for turning an internship into employment are to:

• Choose the right internship. Choose an internship that aligns with your professional goals and relates to your field of study.

• Be professional. Follow the dress code and office hours, complete all assignments on time, make a good impression and be respectful toward others in the organization.

• Ask questions. Ask for feedback on your work and how you could improve. Be sure that you are meeting your supervisor’s expectations.

• Have a strong work ethic. Work hard while you are there and always stay positive. Stay busy and offer to do more work without being asked first.

• Network. While you are there, network with leaders of the organization and other interns.

• Look to your supervisor as a mentor. They have the most experience in your field of study, and their advice can open your eyes to new opportunities.

• Communicate your appreciation. State how much you appreciate the opportunity during your internship. If your internship has finished, stay in touch with members of the organization and tell them how thankful you were for the opportunity.

• State your interest in working for the organization. Notify leaders of your intent to work for the organization. When a position opens, you may be considered as a candidate and be offered a job.

Via Vulcan Post : The Five Types Of Bosses You Will Have To Deal With As An Intern In S’pore

Internship opportunities are a great way for students or undergraduates to gain some insights into the professional world as they explore their career paths, obtain valuable work experience, and build their network.

It is always exciting to work in an organisation for the first time, collaborate in teams to solve problems, and of course, interact with your first manager.

If you’ve held part-time jobs while at school – chances are that interacting with your colleagues in an office setting is going to be a completely different and new experience.

Sure, you may initially be assigned to do mundane tasks such as filing or making photocopies, but in order to succeed in your internship and make the most of it, interaction with your leader is important.

It is essential to let those responsible for your internship programme know that you are interested in more responsibilities, and work directly with individuals that you can learn from.

Here are five types of leaders you may potentially encounter as an intern, as well some tips on how you can work better with each style of leadership.

The Friend

As a newcomer in the office, it’s always nice to have a person you can talk to and it’s a bonus if this person is also the manager who oversees your internship performance.

The Friend is someone who is trustworthy and someone you will feel comfortable with. This leader likes to get to know you beyond just as a colleague and is most probably everyone’s favourite “go-to” person in the office. Most importantly, you will realise that The Friend has a natural ability to skilfully manage relationships up, down and sideways.

He or she values relationship and tends to view colleagues as family members. A positive working environment that emphasises relationship building is a priority on this leader’s list.

Tip: Be willing to share more about yourself with The Friend. If you need help at work, do not hesitate to approach this leader as he or she is more than willing to assist and guide you along the way.

The Parent

Similar to The Friend, The Parent is the leader you can trust and go to with your problems in the office.

You know that he or she is able to help you with your problems at work and ensure you get the most out of your internship. Your growth as an intern matters to The Parent and they will be all about nurturing, helping you develop and improving your skills over time.

Being The Parent also means that this leader places a certain emphasis on hierarchy in the office, and he or she tends to value existing structure within the organisation.

Tip: Be curious and express your willingness to learn and do more. The Parent will appreciate your adaptive attitude and you will walk away with a more enhanced internship experience.

The Principal

This Principal is a leader that often focuses on the big picture – both in terms of the organisation and your individual career. This individual has clear goals in mind and knows exactly what he or she wants from his or her team.

In other words, this leader knows just what he or she wants from you. The Principal is motivational and is great at pushing the team to achieve end goals. He or she is a respected figure in the office and is less approachable compared to the other types of leaders you may come across.

The Principal is also able to effortlessly assess situations at work and prioritise agendas, as well as set the pace for the team.

Tip: Do not be afraid to approach The Principal if you need help. You will be surprised by how agreeable he or she is to provide assistance and guidance. When communicating with The Principal, share less about the specifics, but more about steps in achieving the ultimate goal. When in doubt, do not be afraid to ask.

The Problem Solver

This is the leader everyone turns to for help to sort out challenges.

As he or she makes decisions, The Problem Solver is able to easily see the connectivity between cause and effect and to make cogent plans and build step-by- step approaches. Mostly importantly, this leader knows when to be flexible about yielding to better processes and best practices. He or she adapts to new ideas to incorporate into progressive solutions, and is always on the lookout for opportunities, even within problems.

The Problem Solver is someone you can seek for resolutions of issues, but he or she is probably less likely to be the person to approach if you are considering converting your internship into a full-time job, as his or her priority is more about results and not necessarily your growth.

Tip: Come with ideas or inspirations to share or ponder with the Problem Solver as this person is likely to give good feedback and encourage you to think outside the box. This leader also loves to be challenged so be prepared for some intensive brainstorming sessions.

The Influencer

The Influencer is probably one of the most persuasive individuals in the office.

He or she seems to have a knack to move others towards accepting new ideas by using reason and emotions. You will notice this leader is usually the taskmaster within the team and places importance on structural hierarchy, as well as how power and influence is distributed in the workplace.

The Influencer is also harmonious and rounded in demeanour with others, yet he or she is not afraid to stand up for causes he or she believes in and insists on performance metrics as attributes.

Tip: To succeed under this leader, be sure to listen intently to understand his or her instructions and to articulate or communicate that you are doing so. Once you win the heart of The Influencer, you can be sure to benefit from a smoother relationship with this leader.

Know Your Leaders To Learn From Them

With so many different leadership styles in an organisation, it will take some time for a new person to get to know everyone’s work styles predispositions. Some leaders may even display multiple characteristics from each of the personas identified above.

As an intern, know your leaders and learn how you can work best with them. You never know who will be the first to offer you that full-time job you are aspiring towards.

Final tip: For leaders who are considering putting together a college internship program, reflect on the following recommendations:

  • Use the same criteria / practices to select college interns as you would for the rest of your employees. Treat them as full-time equals to build the trust quickly.
  • Once selected, on-board them in the same way as all of your staff. An enlightened experience sets the stage in gaining the loyalty of these new people.
  • On the first day, on-boarding should include sessions with the senior leadership team so that the interns know the importance of the contribution of any associate.
  • Include icebreaker activities to facilitate getting to know each other. An organisation where people know each other will be a more engaged workforce.
  • Incorporate culture and social responsibility into the college internship experience. Emphasise to them the importance of your organisation’s purpose, vision, mission.
  • Make sure that the interns are treated as peers and are paid for the time they put into your company to improve their sense of value.
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