How To Apply and Prepare for an Internship

March 14, 2019

An internship can play a vital role in your career. It teaches you real, on-the-job skills and provides valuable experience you might not otherwise have exposure to. Internships can also help you decide if the field you are interested in is actually the career path you want to follow.

Not sure where to find an internship? Check out our blog to find out what resources are available for you in Battle Creek.

Our team is focused on helping the students of Battle Creek find careers that they love and want to pursue an internship in, so we have put together a guide to help students apply for internships and prepare for internship interviews. If you’re in search for a great internship, the Battle Creek Chamber has opportunities to apply on their website.

Applying for the Internship

So, you’ve found an internship that interests you, that’s great! But you’re not sure how to rise to the top of the applicant pile. Applying for jobs and internships can be difficult when you’re not sure what the business is looking for. Here is how you can stand out from other applicants:

  • Keep your resume to one page
  • Make sure your name and contact information are easy to find
  • Include action words that highlight your skills
  • Use keywords from the internship description in your resume
  • List classes you’ve taken and projects you’ve been involved in that are related to the job
  • List your extracurricular activity and volunteer experiences

If you need to include a cover letter be sure to make it all about how you will fit into the company and their culture. Remember: the resume is about you, the cover letter is about them.

Consider your resume and cover letter a writing test, always have a parent, teacher, or mentor review your application before you submit it.

Preparing for the Interview

An interview can be extremely nerve-wracking and sometimes that can affect how you interview. Take deep breaths and review this helpful interview tips:

  • Research the company before you go into your interview, show that you know about who the company is
  • Conduct a mock interview with a parent, teacher, or mentor so that you feel prepared
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Come up with five questions to ask your interviewer

If you spend time preparing before your interview you will not only feel more confident, you will be confident!

Ready to get started but not sure how? Our action teams would love to help get you in touch with the resources and connections you need to apply and prepare for an internship, please contact us to learn more.

 

 

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