This post was written by our Campus Ambassador from Texas A&M, Joanna Starling.
Already thinking ahead for your next internship? Hey, the earlier you start the better! Here is my advice on what you should be doing before you try landing an internship.
1. Make sure you have a professional email address. No one is going to take you seriously if you’re email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I can guarantee it. I would advise setting up a personal gmail account for two reasons- 1) its free, and 2) it is nice to separate school emails from business emails. Having a gmail account helped so much last semester as I was emailing out resumes to various companies.
2. Clean up your social media (if necessary). These days everyone is on Facebook, and most companies have Twitter accounts as well, so If you do make sure you are keeping it classy. You don’t have to be a wallflower on the internet, just refrain from broadcasting anything or posting a picture you might not want a future employer to see.
3. Cast your net wide. Surprise! Corporate America is busy, and unfortunately, not everyone is going to take the time to respond to your phone calls or emails. So the more applications you fill out the better. Apply to all sorts of companies, but if you’ve found one you love, apply to as many of their branches as possible.
4. Don’t send out the same cover letter. Yes, it’s time consuming, but if your cover letter is too generic a company will be able to tell. Make each cover letter a small work of art that displays your passion and shows the energy and skills you will be able to bring to the table. Make it as personal as you can, and do your research on the company to tie in why you are the right fit for them.
5. Make an Excel spreadsheet of who all you have contacted. When I was sending out resumes this past Spring I made sure to document each company, the contact, how they could be reached and whether or not I had heard back from them. It is a wonderful way to make sure you’re keeping track of who you still need to follow up with.
And finally, if it all possible it is always great to add a personal touch- physically drop off a resume if you can!
Best of Luck,