Apply, apply, apply! Use the 30:2 ratio. For every 30 applications you complete, you’ll usually hear back from two of them. You want to make as many options as possible available to you, so that your best-case scenario is that you’re picking between a handful of jobs. Start early, get those applications in and be sure to include a cover letter. Not sure how to find these opportunities? Subscribe to a job hunter like InternQueen.com!
The interview… yikes. Calm down! Interviews are never as scary as you think they’ll be. This is a chance for you to brag about yourself and show those people exactly why you’re so great. And now you’re faced with the age-old question: “WHAT do I wear!?” Dress for the job you want. A knee-length pencil skirt and a crisp blouse paired with modest heels is my go-to outfit for any interview. You want to be taken seriously, so that means no flats, no sundresses and definitely no spaghetti straps. Another thing to remember about interviews is to keep eye contact with your interviewers, look them straight in the eyes. Exude confidence!
Be yourself. Getting an internship doesn’t mean you need to be perfect, but being comfortable and confident in your own skin is what people really admire in candidates. If you have quirks, show them, and if you smile a lot, keep smiling. There’s nothing worse than a fake human, so relax, rock that pencil skirt and breathe.
- How to Get an Internship by Bernadette Anat – Assistant to the Editor in Chief of Seventeen Magazine
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