The "I" Word
Finding a summer internship is a daunting task. As a business student, finding one for the summer before you graduate is pretty necessary and ups your chances of not moving in with Mom and Dad after graduation.
I have another wonderful internship during the school year at my University, but I wanted to gain practical experience outside of Oklahoma for the summer.
Here's what I learned during the application process:
1. Cast a wide net.
Even if you have the slightest interest in a company, go ahead and apply! I applied to internships in everything from the financial services to the fashion industry and ended up in children's entertainment! Word-of-mouth is a great way to find an internship, but if you are looking far away from home, Indeed was the best site to look for internships that I found!
2. Don't let a "no" hurt your feelings.
I'm a pretty sensitive person but let me tell you- the process of finding an internship really helped me not take things personally. I got rejected from an internship in December by a brand that I had invested time in building relationships with recruiters and even working in one of their stores. It's easier to move on quickly after a "no" because there is nothing you can do about it after the fact. Basically develop this mentality:
3. How you fill out your application, cover letter and resume definitely matters. Make sure to include key words and phrases that the company mentions in the job listing, because companies only know what you tell them! Larger companies also use technology that looks for exact matches of phrases in what you submit, so avoid having your application tossed in the automatic "no" pile by tailoring your submission! It's a little more work, but totally worth it.
4. After you get an interview, do your research on the company. Trust me the question, "Why did you apply for this role"is coming and being able to show off your knowledge of the company is super helpful. I had one cringe-worthy interview where I did not do my research and it was a painful few minutes of me trying to answer that questions.
4. Find your cheerleaders. Whether it's friends or family, having a support system to cheer you on through the application process is 100% necessary.
Don't force it. Or fixate on one position. As someone who likes to be in control of what's happening next, this was probably the hardest part of the whole process. Trust me on this one-it probably won't turn out like you expect it, but in the end that's kind of a beautiful thing!
Let me know if I can help you in any way!