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40+ Ways to Land the Right Internship


This presentation includes rapid fire tips and tricks that will help you land the best possible internship for you. These are proven internship seeking insights that will help you standout in a …

This presentation includes rapid fire tips and tricks that will help you land the best possible internship for you. These are proven internship seeking insights that will help you standout in a competitive market.

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  • 1. 40 Ways to Land Your Next Internship
  • 2. In January 2013 nearly 10% of graduates from the previous May were still unemployed. Outlook
  • 3. Today’s Road Map 1. How to think about job seeking 2. How to get your materials perfect 3. How to network and get job offers Roadmap
  • 4. Why Internships? Internships are not just for junior year summer, they are the #1 gateway to jobs!
  • 5. Internship Facts • 70% of interns were offered a job in 2012 • 50% take that job • Students with internship experience get on average 20% higher starting salaries those without!
  • 7. 1. Treat the Search Process Like a Job
  • 8. 2. Look for something Different Just because you are interested in marketing does not mean you need to or should go intern at a big marketing firm. Consider startups, NFPs, and more!
  • 9. 3. Look to Non-Profits Ability to get hands on experience and make an impact!
  • 10. 3+ Volunteer Shorter hours, easy to schedule and often much less competitive. Skill based volunteering in particular is a great path to get experience!
  • 11. 4. Startups Smaller companies are more willing to take risks on less experienced employees. At startups you can impact the bottom line and develop a portfolio of real work.
  • 12. 5. Small Businesses 99.7% of US businesses have under 500 employees. Firms under 20 employees make up 18% of all jobs. Often less competitive for hiring and great for getting hands-on experience.
  • 13. Guess this famous former intern? 6. Don’t Get Discouraged
  • 14. Bill Gates Microsoft World’s Largest Non-Profit Congressional Page Harvard
  • 15. Guess this famous former intern?
  • 16. Brooke Shields San Diego Zoo Model Actress
  • 17. Guess this famous former intern?
  • 18. Patrick Ewing Congressional Finance Committee NBA Career Various Movies
  • 19. Guess this ‘famous’ former intern?
  • 20. ME! Nathan, InternMatch Founder Arnold Worldwide Marketing National Audubon Society Law School Founder of InternMatch
  • 21. The Career Web Policy/Government Non-Profits Sports Business Film Modeling ??????
  • 22. Where are Internships Now? • Class and School Work • Extracurriculars • Clubs • Sports • Greek Life • Etc • Socializing • Friends • Band • Happy Hour?  Internships 7. Prioritize internships and the job search. Think of it like an extra class.
  • 23. Why Internships Should Be at or Near the Top  Internships • Class and School Work • Extracurriculars • Clubs • Sports • Greek Life • Etc • Socializing • Friends • Band • Happy Hour?
  • 24. Section 2: HOW TO STANDOUT
  • 25. 9. Have 0 typos in your resume! (45% of resumes with just one typo are thrown out immediately)
  • 26. 10. Get TA recommendations
  • 27. 11. Put professional experience on top of your resume–employers need someone who can hit the ground running.
  • 28. 12. Want to be a Marketer? • Write a Blog! • Build a social media following. • Market your blog. Go to right now and sign up!
  • 29. 12. Want to be a programmer? • Write some Code! • Post completed projects on Github.
  • 30. 13. Want to do PR? Get a story published!
  • 31. 14. Want to do accounting? Learn QuickBooks!
  • 32. 15. Want to be in management? Run a club or Greek House!
  • 33. 16. Want to be a journalist? Write for the University Daily!
  • 34. 17. Cover Letters… Compliment the company you are applying to, everyone likes flattery.
  • 35. 18. Cover Letters… Mention something specific about the company, something you like, some idea you have that is relevant to them, some press they got, etc.
  • 36. 19. Build your personal brand.
  • 37. 20. Should I design my resume? Not unless you’re an art/design student. Maybe put the company you are apply to’s logo on it.
  • 38. 21. Get Business Cards.
  • 39. 22. Make a personal blog.
  • 40. 23. Make personalized letter head.
  • 41. 24. Make personalized thank-you cards.
  • 42. 25. Always follow-up after networking AND after interviews.
  • 43. 26. Follow-Ups should be short and very positive: Hi Nathan, Thanks for taking the time to speak with me yesterday. I really enjoy how your company focuses on generating deep online relationships, this is something I have found important in my own writing for the Daily blog and why I always follow-up with guest bloggers when they write for me. I look forward to hearing back from you. Regards, John Doe
  • 44. 27. Put class projects online and link to them in your resume, business cards, and more.
  • 46. 28. Go to events (Chamber of Commerce, Local Associations, alumni mixers, etc.).
  • 47. 29. Use and other professional services to learn more about your industry and meet connectors.
  • 48. 30. Talk to teachers, family and friends.
  • 49. 31. No one hires on the first date – build relationships.
  • 50. 32. Ask Questions. Ask about how they got to where they are now, ask for industry feedback, ask for tips on how to break into your industry of choice.
  • 51. 33. Expand outwards – ask the person you just networked with if they know anyone else you should speak with?
  • 52. 34. Remember to follow-ip (Always Follow-Up!).
  • 53. 35. Get on LinkedIn
  • 54. 36. Get your LinkedIn friends to intro you to their LinkedIn friends.
  • 55. 37. Get rid of any suspect photos on Facebook or make them private.
  • 56. 38. Make Your Facebook picture the same as your LinkedIn picture, the same as your InternMatch picture, the same as your business card picture (personal branding).
  • 57. 39. Find a way to make the process interesting for the person you are networking with. Can you help them? Can you give them insights into what college students are doing or what colleges are teaching?
  • 58. 40. Stay optimistic and have fun!
  • 59. Thank You Nathan Parcells Founder/CMO InternMatch 301.873.8435 Sign up at