This blog is written by our Clemson University Campus Ambassador, Laura Morton.
Like some of you, I am planning to spend the summer in NYC. In fact, I just found out I landed an internship at Hunter PR this week! I am so excited about it, but wanted to share some of the things I did in order to get an internship.
• Write thank you notes. I know you hear this one all the time, but some people still don’t do this. I interviewed with 4 different people and send hand-written thank you notes to all of them right after I interviewed.
• Follow-up. After you send your resume, call a week or two later to make sure they got it. I also used this time to ask when they would begin reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews. I sent my resumes out really early (January and February), so some of the companies told me they don’t even start looking at anything until March or April – this makes the waiting process very difficult.
• Expect to hear “no.” This is not fun. I got some “no’s” and a lot of people just don’t respond, which is why it’s important to apply for multiple internships. I got to the point where I would rather hear a “no” instead of not hearing anything at all.
• Skype with them. I live in South Carolina, so it’s not exactly easy (or in my budget) to just fly up to NY for an interview. When companies would ask me if I was coming to NY soon, I would ask them if they would be willing to do an initial Skype interview because of the distance. They were really open to the idea and it worked out really well.
These are just a few things that helped me! If you still haven’t heard from a lot of companies, don’t give up! Many companies don’t start their search until March or April, so there is still time!
Anyone else have any tips they want to share?