Before you apply, develop a goal statement for your search:
What type of work do you want to do?
What skills do you have to offer a prospective employer?
What type of employer do you want to target?
In what type of work environment would you work best?
What are your greatest strengths and how do you best put them to work?
What sort of "corporate culture" appeals to you?
Where do you want to live? In what part of the country do you want to work?
What can you afford?
TIME FRAME/APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Most internship applications are due three to six months before the starting date, so you should start the process early. The standard application procedure includes sending a cover letter and resume and setting up an interview.
DEVELOP A RESUME AND COVER LETTER:
Career Services has a variety of resources with examples of different resume styles and contact letters. Once you have prepared a rough draft, one of our career counselors can review it, answer questions, and offer suggestions.
DEVLEOP A LIST OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS:
Gather information about your prospective employers: Do you know anyone who works there? Record their names and contact them to get information about the organization. Identify what you want to learn about each company. Find written information about the worksite. Check out Deb Flanagan's free tutorial on "Researching Companies On Line"
Set a realistic timetable to send cover letters and resumes to prospective employers. At the same time, set up an effective recording system to keep track of all correspondence with employers.
PRACTICE & REFINE YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS: Attend an interviewing workshop. Borrow interviewing skills books from the Career Services lending library. Sign up for mock interviews in our office and get feedback from an experienced recruiter.
Write a letter or make a phone call indicating your interest in the position. A thank you note is always a nice touch.
ASSESS YOUR PROGRESS:
Review your practices and results frequently to determine if you need to alter your strategy.