This is a guest post by our campus ambassador Cari Buchwald from University of Georgia.
Following up after you have applied to an internship is not something that anyone wants to do. Let’s face it: no one wants to come off as an annoying, pushy student who is desperate for an internship. However, follow ups have the ability to make an employer take a second look at your information, causing them to reevaluate you as a candidate and even give you a further opportunity. Here are a few tips for how to use a follow up to show that you are an interested and capable candidate:
1) Remember to Say “Please” and “Thank You”
Being polite is absolutely vital in a follow up. Doing so allows the employer to see you as a mature individual who is appreciative and pleasant to work with.
2) Don’t Beat Around the Bush
The follow up is not the place to give the employer information concerning your capabilities; they already have received your resume and cover letter. This is your time to be honest and straightforward about why you want the position and how strongly you are interested. After all, employers want capable individuals who are highly passionate about the internship.
3) Resume, Resume, Resume
For whatever reason, the employer may have misplaced or lost your information. In the follow up, you should always reattach your resume so that it will be right in front of them when they receive your email. If it is easily accessible to view, they will have no choice but to take a second look at your resume.
4) Don’t Be Discouraged
The follow up does not always guarantee a further opportunity with the company; sometimes they have already selected another candidate or are looking for someone else. However, don’t let this discourage you from writing follow ups. Following up makes you stand out, which is helpful if you are interested in the company and want to apply to future positions.