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Tips for Interviewing for an Internship

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Posted on March 17, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

The spring semester is coming to an end at Delaware Valley University, which means it's time to start applying to and interviewing for summer internships. 

Before going to your interview, you want to make sure that your skills are sharp and you're prepared. First impressions are important, and it's crucial that you stand out among the other individuals who are interested in the position.

Check out some tips for interviewing for internships.

Have a solid résumé and cover letter.

The company you're interviewing with will want to know about you, experiences you've had in the past and what you can bring to the table. Make sure that your résumé and cover letter reflect who you are, what positions you've held in the past, any involvement you've had with your university and achievements or awards you've won.

As a college student, you may not have held many jobs before, but even including small jobs such as working at an ice cream shop or a restaurant will let the employer know that you were responsible enough to hold a job for a period of time.

To create a winning résumé and cover letter that will get you noticed, visit the Center for Student Professional Development at DelVal

Research the company.

Have a good understanding of what the company you're interviewing with does. Learn about their services and their clients. Comb through their website and review their social media outlets. 

The interviewer will want to know that you've done your research. It will show them that you're very interested in the company and the position. 

This will also give you the opportunity to come up with questions about the company. The interviewer will ask if you have any question for him or her, so make sure that you have a few that aren't clear when you're browsing through their sites. For example, you may want to ask for more information about the position that you're interviewing for and what a day in the life is like.

Discuss how your school and extracurricular skills are applicable.

While you may not have held positions in the workforce, it's likely that you have acquired many valuable skills through your education. 

If you're interviewing for a position that is closely related to your major, discuss your course work and any large projects you completed that taught you a lot about the industry. 

Being involved in extracurricular activities also looks good to potential employers, as it shows responsibility and leaderships skills.

Dress appropriately.

Make sure that your attire is professional. Wear a suit or a nice blouse and dress pants. It's always better to be more formal than casual. Represent yourself well with a put-together appearance. 

Remember to be confident during your interview. Sell yourself without being too self-centered. Tell the interviewer just why you'd be such a good fit for the position. Visit DelVal's Center for Student Professional Development for interview preparation and other helpful information. 

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