Via Elite Daily : How To Land Your Dream Internship, According To 7 Women Who Have Been There, Done That
Shoot for the moon — right? You’ve been taught since day one to dream big. You told your friends and family that you wanted to be a scientist or a teacher. Now you’re in college, trying to make that a reality. You’re hanging in the library until midnight, and going to career fairs. It’s not as simple as you thought it would be back when you were in kindergarten. But, you’re also so ready to take on the challenges that come with launching your career. You may be wondering how to land your dream internship, because it’s not as simple as sending good vibes out into the universe. Lucky for you, these real women have already been there, done that, and are here to share their experiences.
Finding your dream internship is the easy part — landing it is where things can get tough. It’s hard to make yourself stand out in the pile of other applicants, but it’s not impossible. You should always try and put yourself out there. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? Rejection isn’t fun, but it’s sometimes a necessary step in the road to success.
Focus on putting together your portfolio and a #fire cover letter. Little details like that mean the world when you’re applying to any position, but especially one you really love. Then take some tips from these seven real women, who got the interview and the job.
1. SHE DECIDED TO GO FOR THE “FAR-FETCHED” DREAM
Scoring your dream internship in college is a great way to kickstart your career, or just find out what kind of work you might enjoy. During my junior year of college, I submitted an application to intern with Complex Music’s editorial department. I wanted to work for Complex for years, and the thought of interning for them was unreal. Up until that point in my undergraduate career, I didn’t have too much to boast on my resume, besides a summer waitressing job and my own personal blog. Despite this, I gave it a shot, submitted my application with samples from my music blog and a killer cover letter, and let the universe decide.
Months went by, and I hadn’t heard anything back from Complex, but one day in December out of the blue I got an email from the then-editor requesting a phone interview. The rest was history, and I ended up being asked to intern for two semesters, freelance beyond that, and was even offered a part-time news writing position this past winter!
This all happened because I took a shot in the dark and just applied. I had been working hard on my personal blog so I could showcase my passion for music writing, and my dedication showed. Securing my dream internship (and job!) has been the best part of my college and post-grad career, so I encourage everyone to always go for their goals no matter how far-fetched they may seem.
2. SHE RELIED ON HER CONNECTIONS FROM SCHOOL
As an interior design major, it was difficult finding a good internship in the concentration that I was looking for (residential, corporate, hospitality, etc.). I lucked out by talking to my dean, and he was able to offer some good options of firms that happened to have past alumni, who either worked there or owned the firm. He was even able to write me a letter of recommendation and put me in direct contact.
I landed a position with a high-end residential designer (who also happened to be an alum), and I got to work side-by-side with her on a variety of projects, from a historic preservation project of a 1800s carriage house right on the ocean, to a remodel of a garage space turned loft-party barn!
3. SHE PURSUED AN OPPORTUNITY RELATED TO HER PASSION
This summer, I was able to work for a small photography studio in Connecticut, which allowed me to photograph and assist weddings. Although this is not my “dream internship,” this job allowed me to gain photography experience and have a job related to my major.
As someone who does not want to be a “wedding photographer,” I actually enjoyed photographing the weddings. I would rather have any sort of job that allows me to use photography rather than a typical nine to five that does not!
The company was run by a husband and wife team, who were very kind to me and their clients. Weddings made me realize, even if this is not what I would like to pursue after graduation, they are good for a side hustle while still practicing what I love!
4. SHE BROUGHT A NEW PROJECT TO THE TABLE
When I joined a sorority, I knew I wanted to be a leader, and it became apparent that the highest way I could lead in the Greek community would be to hold an internship with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. All of the most well-known leaders of our community held the position each year, and it was something I aspired to for years.
When I applied to the internship at the end of my junior year, I knew I needed to bring something different and unique to the table so I could stand out amongst the other incredible leaders who applied. I wound up applying to a “build your own project” style position, where I got to dedicate my year-long internship in the office to an area I was passionate about.
My idea for the Greek Allies initiative, a program that promotes inclusivity and awareness about the LGBTQ community in Greek community, is what landed me the internship in 2015. I still work there now, over three years later, as the graduate assistant, and it’s my freshman dream come true.
5. SHE SAID “YES” AND MADE IT WORK, DESPITE SOME HURDLES
Fall semester during my senior year of college, I landed an interview at NBC News. I wanted more than anything to intern there, but there was one catch. My college was two and a half hours away from New York City, and I was a full-time student.
I showed up to the interview and they were impressed with my resume, and then offered me a position. I said yes. I knew it would be nearly impossible to juggle both a three-days-a-week internship (where my call time was 3:30 a.m.) and my five courses, but I wanted it, so I made it work. There was a lot of couch surfing and driving involved, but it was the gold star on my resume that launched my news career — totally worth it.
Moral of my story: Just say yes.
6. SHE STUCK TO BEING HERSELF
My dream internship was with Special Olympics. I was their special events and public relations intern, starting my sophomore year of college.
My advice to you: Just be yourself! Don’t compare yourself to other candidates, or overly stress about what you think the employer wants to hear. I know that’s so corny, but I swear if you just walk in confidently, share your strengths and even your weaknesses, you can land anything. Let your personality shine. People value authenticity. I think employers also want to know that you’re not only qualified for the position, but that you’re a nice person to be around and a good addition to the team.
7. SHE FOUND A MENTOR AND BUILT A NETWORK
My senior year as a marketing major I spent a semester in Los Angeles and was determined to intern in the entertainment industry. I interviewed at several major studios, but I really hit it off with an alum of my college and knew that she just understood me — where I was coming from, what I stood to gain from interning with her, how she could nurture me professionally, and how much of an asset I would be for her department.
Building a strong network is critical even at the earliest stages of your career, so start ASAP! Seek out connections who are walking the path you’re aiming for, and form mutually-beneficial relationships. Don’t forget to pay it forward once you hold the reins!
Some responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Via Harpers’ Bazaar : What to Wear To A Fashion Internship
As told by our very own Harper’s Bazaar Arabia assistants
Making a good impression at your first day on the job is always important – when it’s in a fashion office, you’re expected to bring sartorial your A-game. Ahead, four Harper’s Bazaar Arabia assistants reveal how to look polished and professional without compromising on your personal style.
Angelique Gourdon, digital assistant
“Never wear more than one statement piece. I also usually don’t wear more than two colours. Simple-chic is my motto.”
Jude Bawalsa, fashion & beauty assistant
“Don’t be afraid to mix casual with formal. Grab your fanciest skirt and throw in a graphic tee with sneakers – that’s my go-to outfit.”
Georgia Withers, digital assistant
“For work I always go for ensembles that are feminine mixed with smart-casual. Accessorising with a nice belt and good shoes goes a long way and makes outfits more versatile. If you want some height then opt for midi block heels, so you can last the day.”
Natasha Law, events assistant
“I always go for a minimal and clean aesthetic at work. I think it’s important not to surrendor to trends and just dress according to your body type. I love to mix it up with a smart all-black look and comfortable flats for out-of-office meetings. On a more relaxed day, I’d wear a pretty printed linen top paired with white smart-casual pants and delicate sandals. It’s so hot in Dubai so layering isn’t much of an option.”
Via The Balance : Tips for Turning Your Internship Into a Full Time Job
Organizations seek interns who are motivated and exhibit a “go-getter” attitude. Employers also want people doing internships in their company who have a strong work ethic and are dependable and work well independently and in a team environment. Many Human Resource Departments report that they seek many of their full-time employees from interns exhibiting these skills who have previously interned with their organizations. Following these tips will increase the likelihood that your internship will turn into a full-time job offer.
01 Meet and Greet with Everyone You Meet
Successful work relationships require excellent communication skills as well as a positive attitude. Your supervisors and co-workers may be immersed in projects and deadlines and not take notice that you are new to the organization; so make sure you take the initiative to introduce yourself and exhibit a positive and friendly attitude to everyone you meet, from the janitor to the CEO.
02 Do Your Research
Make it a point to do research and learn all you can about the company and industry. Your Career Services Office at your college is an excellent place to start. You can also write directly to a company for information, engage in informational interviews, contact the local Chamber of Commerce, and read local newspapers and business publications to find out more about an organization.
03 Set Personal Goals and Keep Yourself Busy
Set personal goals that you want to achieve during your internship and ask your supervisor for things to do. If you find that your work is done, ask for new projects or look to read company literature and/or professional journals. Goal setting is especially important for interns – to ensure that you gain the relevant skills employers are seeking when hiring future full-time employees.
04 Read Professional Trade Journals & Magazines
Keep up with employer information and read what the professionals are reading. Learn more about your employer, their competition, and additional information about the industry in general.
Are there new trends or is there something exciting currently happening in the field? Internship success requires motivation and a true desire to learn more about the industry. Successful interns take the initiative to learn as much as possible during the short duration of their internship experience.
05 Be Prepared to do Some Grunt Work
Take the smaller tasks in stride and keep your mind focused on the big picture. You may need to make some coffee or do some filing at some point but if making coffee and filing takes up the majority of your day, it’s time to speak with your supervisor about your goals and expectations of the internship.
One way to avoid this situation is to make an agreement prior to the internship outlining your responsibilities. Remember there are menial tasks included in all jobs and pitching in and doing your share will establish better teamwork and goodwill among co-workers.
06 Ask Questions
Take advantage of your student status and ask questions about everything you don’t understand. Employers believe that students who ask questions are motivated and really want to learn all they can about the industry.
As an intern, employers do not expect you to know everything about the job or industry. Internships are a great learning experience and the more questions you ask the more you will learn about the job and how the industry operates.
07 Find a Mentor
Learn from those you admire and develop mentoring relationships you can continue long after your internship has ended. Professionals enjoy sharing their expertise and want to assist new professionals entering the field. A good mentor is someone who is willing to share their knowledge and expertise and wants to see their mentee succeed in the field.
08 Be Professional
Maintain a professional image and avoid gossip and office politics. Maintain a positive and professional image both inside and outside the office. Maintaining professionalism while interning also means making efficient use of your time by avoiding the use of company time for personal phone calls and emails.
09 Develop Professional Relationships
Communicate with supervisors and co-workers and keep yourself in the loop of office communications. Professional relationships are key to starting a successful career. Throughout your career, a professional network will help you to learn about new opportunities and offer ways to advance in your field.
10 Be Enthusiastic!
Show your enthusiasm and motivation and ask to be included in meetings and professional workshops. Enthusiastic employees tend to rub off on each other and have a positive impact on the organization as a whole.
If you’re looking to be hired as a full-time employee after your internship ends, exhibit the qualities of an enthusiastic worker during the short time you have to make a positive impact on both your co-workers and supervisors.
Via The Ladders : 7 ways to stand out during your internship
An internship is a great opportunity to show a prospective company how amazing you are. Not only do you have a ‘foot in the door,” this 8- to 12-week assignment gives hiring managers a snapshot of your personality, skill set, ambition, communication skills and of course intelligence.
We’ve asked business experts for advice on how to raise your career prospects, shine among the competition and make a lasting impression.
Erase your autopilot
Be open to a new corporate culture and a dynamic environment, which may be new to you.
“As an intern, you are walking into a new environment, with pre-existing systems and procedures,” explains Dr. Kat Cohen, CEO and founder of IvyWise an educational consulting firm based in New York. She suggests having an open mind and embracing the company’s way of doing things.
“In order to soak in as much as possible, take detailed notes whenever your supervisor shows you how to do a task,” she continues. “Even if it’s something simple that you think you already know, remove any assumptions you associate with it and approach the task as if you are learning something entirely new. For example, if it’s your responsibility to mail out a package, write down exactly how mailings are addressed and where they are placed.”
Maintain a “first-day” attitude
Every intern strives to make a promising initial impression by dressing professionally, arriving early, and asking thoughtful questions. Keep this discipline the entire duration of your internship.
“As the summer progresses, some students start to let these good habits fall by the wayside,” says Cohen. “It’s normal and healthy to feel comfortable at your internship, but do not let settling in turn into complacency.”
Maintain professional habits throughout the course of your internship, as it demonstrates your commitment. “So, approach your last day with the same level of care as you did the first time you walked through your company’s door,” she adds.
Turn “mistakes” into growth opportunities
Everyone slips up at work, especially during the first few weeks at a new internship, Cohen says, but instead of dwelling on these incidents and allowing mistakes to take a toll on your confidence, strive to learn from each occurrence.
“For example, if you’re prone to ‘careless’ mishaps such as typos or incorrect formatting, prioritize rereading and editing your work. Internships are learning processes; show your supervisor you are eager to grow by addressing initial areas of weakness or uncertainty,” she says.
Be the go-to intern your supervisor thinks of for a project.
“As you get comfortable with your day-to-day tasks, start looking for additional projects or opportunities that connect to your role,” Cohen says. “The most memorable interns are students who strive to go above and beyond a company’s defined set of responsibilities and apply what they learn to take their work to the next level.”
If you are struggling to think of additional projects or ways to expand your skill set, reach out to your supervisor to pencil in a time to discuss new projects and learning opportunities for you to get involved with, Cohen suggests.
Treat your internship like a real job
Although you may feel like “just an intern,” you are an important part of the team.
“Take your duties seriously and show your manager that you are there to work and make the most out of the opportunity,” says Beth Tucker, CEO of KNF&T Staffing Resources, based in Boston. She suggests taking notes during meetings, asking questions, and meeting deadlines.
“This will show your attentiveness and that you’re serious about learning and doing a good job,” Tucker continues.
In addition, she says to continue making a great impression by being honest and respectful, and offering help when you have extra time on your hands.
Ask for feedback
Feedback may seem like an intimidating word, but it is the key to helping you grow and succeed throughout your career.
“Don’t think of it as criticism – shift your mindset to think of feedback as a valuable enhancement to your skills,” states Tucker. “If you can do something more efficiently or better, then feedback will help you get there. Plus, it demonstrates your eagerness to better yourself in the role, which is valuable to managers.”
It’s true, confidence is important, but you also need to be teachable.
“A 20-something know-it-all is a huge red flag,” cautions Tim Toterhi, a TEDx speaker, ICF certified executive coach, and the founder of Plotline Leadership, a Raleigh, NC-based company that helps people craft their success stories. “Sure, maybe you’ll run the place one day, but probably not on day one. Bring the correct balance of confidence and humility to the discussion and you’ll increase rapport with the hiring manager.”
Via ABC News : How to turn your internship into a job offer
Are you in the midst of a summer internship that you are hoping will land you a job offer?
ABC News’ chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis teamed up with LinkedIn to break down some of the top tips and information interns should know if they’re hoping to turn their internship into a job offer.
Approximately 59 percent of internships lead to job offers, according to LinkedIn, so most interns should feel hopeful that the odds are in their favor. Still, there are a few things you can do to dramatically increase your odds of getting a job.
Networking is also key to landing a job: 85 percent of jobs are filled via networking, according to LinkedIn. But you don’t have to have connections to make connections. For starters, LinkedIn is a great place to get the ball rolling –- they have a resource called Career Advice that connects you with possible mentors.
Another great way to network is to reach out to graduates who went to your high school or college in similar fields of interest. You can also tap members of your sorority or fraternity or even sports teams, and technology now makes it easier than ever to connect with people.
Another tip if you are hoping to turn your internship into a job offer is to look for a paid internship. According to one recent report, students with a paid internship are three times more likely to get a job offer.
Here are expert tips on how to turn your internship into a job offer:
1. Work hard: Nothing replaces old-fashioned hard work. When you’re known as someone who’s eager, dependable, proactive -– it automatically makes you a desirable employee and someone they’d like to keep around.
2. Get to know people around the company: You made it into the building -– take advantage. Short, sweet emails asking if you can drop by for a quick chat is a great way to open the door. It is also a great opportunity to learn and reinforce how much you enjoy the company.
3. Be proactive and ask thoughtful questions in your interview. Here are a few things you should be sure to know in an interview: How does the company make money? What’s their product? Who’s their CEO? When you demonstrate you’ve done your research you show that you care.
4. Demonstrate soft skills: The No. 1 thing managers are looking for, especially in young candidates, is willingness, eagerness, desire to be useful and try hard.
5. Communicate: Think through your resume ahead of time, and go over talking points that reveal you are trustworthy and reliable.