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How to Land an Internship in your Field

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Posted on December 23, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Obtaining an internship in your field will help you understand how the industry works and give you an idea of what a career in the field is like. It can also help you get your foot in the door in the industry or even the company with which you’re interning, as internships can lead to full-time positions.

To land the internship you’ve always wanted, you’ll have to do some hard work. Consider the following tips when pursuing an internship in your field.

Research Companies
Research businesses in your field of interest. Browse their websites and social media accounts and also check out their events. Pay special attention to the Careers page on the websites and explore any opportunities listed there. Many companies offer internships, you just have to do some searching

You may also want to research employees and contact them personally about an internship. They may know of positions that aren’t listed on the website, and speaking with someone directly could be an advantage. 

ExperienceLink
DelVal’s online career management program, ExperienceLink, is a great resource to utilize when researching companies and applying for internships. Create a personal profile on ExperienceLink, upload your resume, and browse through internships that could be perfect for you.

Click here to learn more about DelVal’s ExperienceLink.

Recruiting Events
DelVal offers career and internship fairs for students, which is a great opportunity to meet potential employers. Treat an internship fair like an interview: Dress professionally, bring resumes, and be prepared to sell yourself and ask questions about the company. 

Cover Letter and Resume
Your cover letter and resume need to be flawless. Take advantage of your resources and bring them to The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) at DelVal. The professionals at CSPD will help make your resume stand out and ensure that it’s professional. Having another set of eyes look over your resume is also beneficial for weeding out any spelling or grammatical errors

Practice Your Interview Skills
The interview is crucial because the employer wants to make sure you’re a hard worker and a pleasure to be around. Make sure you’re as prepared as possible before speaking with the interviewer. 

Research the company and ask a few questions, whether it’s about the business or the position. Because the internship is a learning experience, it’s important to learn as much about the company as you can, and asking questions in the interview is a good sign of wanting to do that.

Be enthusiastic about the position. If you seem bored in the interview, why would the interviewer hire you for the position? If you really are interested, act like it and show that you’re excited to be part of the company. 

Don’t focus on your lack of experience. You may not have had any other internships or professional jobs, but if you’re looking for an internship in your field, your course work will be relevant. Talk about why you’re interested in the field and why you’re passionate about your courses.

Landing an interview in your field is an exciting way to break into the industry and utilize the skills you’ve been learning in your courses, but it requires some work. Utilize these tips and you’ll be able to get the internship you’ve always wanted.