Be smart about how you stand out. There are good ways to stand out…
Take the time to get your resume and cover letter ready and then customize every time you send it out! Be sure to do your homework on companies and possible internships and use that information to your benefit Use your breaks to set up meetings and talk to those in your field of interest about possible internships Many science based internships are highly competitive so look for deadlines and make sure you get all materials in on time!
Contact people to share what you’re seeking and ask for adviceAsk those out of your field for:Contacts in your fieldRecommendations for potential employers to researchAsk those in your field for: Information on how they got startedSuggestions for websites to useSuggestions for professional associationsAny openings they can recommendRecommendations or connections to potential employersOther contacts in your field
What to IncludeThere is no prescribed format for your proposal, but a letter written specifically for each employer is a good place to start. It should: Include a clear and concise description of what it is you are offering to do for the company and why you think they will benefit from it. Be specific about the project you want to work on or position you wish to fill Highlight why you are the right person to do this for the company Include your dates of availability and whether you are looking for a full-time or a part-time position Indicate that you are seeking a paid (or non-paid) position Your proposal should include a resume that illustrates the strengths you are offering. Your academic experiences, participation in student groups, research experience, extra-curricular activities, and part-time job experiences all translate into marketable skills such as, time management, communication, teamwork, and analytical skills.
A learning contract allows you and the employer to define your expectations, job responsibilities, schedule, and goals of the internship. You can set goals and define how they will be measured and tracked. This can be useful as you evaluate your effectiveness in the internship.Be sure you and your supervisor keep a copy of the contract and refer back to it as necessary.
Some traits employers generally look for include:strong work ethic dependable and responsible possessing a positive attitude adaptability honesty and integrity self-motivated willing to grow and learn strong self-confidence professionalism loyaltyLook for ways you can stand out!!
Don’t just do what is expected…Go beyond the expectations by anticipating your supervisors needs.Ask questions when you don’t understandRemember that you are an important part of the organizations workforce and as such you should work hard to do the best job you canIf co-workers are behaving inappropriately (even if it’s minor) resist joining in. You can make a better impression by maintaining a professional demeanor
The importance of internships
What’s the Point?Internships… So What’s the Point?
“We have a monster jobs problem, and young people are the biggest losers,”Andrew Sum, Economist and Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University
According to NACE, Approximately 60% of 2012college graduates who took part in paid internships received at least one job offer. How big is the salary difference?
Starting salaries for thoseWith an Internship vs. Without an internship
2 main ways to get an internship…1 - Apply to an existing internship (justlike a job) 2 - Create an internship and propose it to a company or organization
research, research, research.• What kind of internship do you want? – Your interests – Your skills (aka “What do you have to offer them?”)• What kind of company or industry?• Where to get information… – O’Net (research careers)
20-30 minutes on aCompany’s Website isn’t Research!!
begin early.• Don’t wait until the last moment to apply.• More time invested = better opportunity• “Early bird gets the worm”• Resume• Cover letter• Gather information• Make connections• Set priorities
network to find an internship. • Professional associations• Identify people who might help in your internship search • Conduct informational interviews • Talk to your professors • Guest speakers • Job fairs • Online – Linked In – Facebook – Twitter
According to a recent survey by the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires.Networking is one of the BEST ways to find a job or internship.
design an internship.• Want to intern with an organization? Take the initiative and propose something. What are you Proposing? • Specific project • Particular position • Most employers are too busy for people who will "do anything" so be as specific as possible in terms of what you would like to do and what you have to offer.
follow up.• Be pleasantly persistent! – Phone – Email – Letter• If you have an interview, send a thank you letter• Don’t give up even if you get a no!
write a learning contract.• Define expectations• Set mutually agreed upon goals• How will you assess your work?• Agree on specifics
perform and assess.• Immerse yourself – take initiative – do your best work• Evaluate midway and make improvements• Meet regularly with your supervisor for feedback• Continue to focus on goals• Maintain a positive attitude and be professional.
take something away.• Keep track of your accomplishments – Start a portfolio• Leave on a positive note – Ask for reference letters at that time• Create a new resume and add your great internship experience• Write a thank you note to those who helped you• Celebrate what you did!!!
Top 5 Soft Skills Employers Want1. Communication skills (verbal, written, listening)2. Analytical and research skills3. Self motivation4. Teamwork5. Technical skills