I have been trying to finalize my summer plans for awhile now. After five first round interviews, four second round interviews and one third round interview, I still don’t have a sumer internship. As a junior in college, finding the right summer internship is very important to me. It will most likely be one of the first things a potential employer will see on my resume when I graduate and it will help me gain professional experience that will aid me in finding the right job.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned from this rigorous experience so far:
- Study! This has helped me the most. I always study what the company does and their mission statement before I walk into an interview. In addition, study your resume and projects that you could be discussing so there are no pauses and you come off as knowledgeable as possible.
- Have a few different real life examples of your work. These are very important when potential employers ask behavioral based questions. Plus they are easier to practice discussing then guessing what types of questions you might be asked.
- Find something that makes you stand out. Discussing my experience on Lead at Sea and internship at Broadway in Chicago, is something that helps employers remember me.
- Lastly, send thank you emails or notes. This puts you at the front of the employers mind and it shows that you aprricate the time they took out of their busy day to meet with you.
Overall, this has been a great learning experience for me. So far I have applied to and interviewed at Allstate, the Principal Finical Group and Aon-Hewitt. I have really enjoyed getting to know many potential future employers and learn about their companies. Fingers crossed that I find a great internship soon!