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5 Things To Keep In Mind When Applying For An Internship

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As a second-year student about to tackle the world of internship applications, applying can be a little bit daunting.

Where do you go? What do you need to do? How many times do you apply before giving up? You’re about to take your first big step into the working world and it’s only natural that you’re a bit overwhelmed. We’re here to help.

#1 Get Organised Early

Not only will being organised give you a head start, it’ll also show potential employers you’re motivated and enthusiastic about the position you’re applying for.

If you really want the job, make sure you’re proactive. Then carry your organisational skills into the internship position to make a good first impression. It’s guaranteed to last and may just get you a future job.

#2 Pick Something You’re Interested In

We’ve heard this many times before (thanks mum) but when it comes to applying for an internship, picking an area or specialisation you’re actually interested in is key.

You’re more likely to excel at something you have an interest in and are (hopefully) willing to work hard for. You want your internship to be a taste test for a potential career path, so why not make it as realistic and beneficial as possible.

#3 Don’t Expect To Get Your Dream Role Right Away

As much as we would all like to work side-by-side with the best in the business (hello Vogue), it’s probably not realistic for someone still at uni.

It’s a good idea to apply for more achievable opportunities that will set you up for those future goals. Everyone starts somewhere and experience goes a long way in the eyes of an employer.

#4 Have An Online Portfolio Or Resume

Depending on your field of work this may vary, but creating an online profile for future employers to view is essential in this day and age. It’s super easy to do and allows employers to clearly see the experience and education you have.

Whether this is a blog, website or networking platform such as LinkedIn, you should definitely take the time to put yourself ‘out there’. Websites such as WordPress or Wix make uploading portfolios easy and appealing – and they’re free!

At the same time, consider what your online presence already says about you (you probably don’t want potential employers watching you do shots at the bar). Put your best you forward.

#5 Prepare For Knock-Backs, No Replies Or Rude Responses

It will happen at some stage – most likely more than once – but an unsuccessful application shouldn’t stop you from chasing other opportunities. An internship is a chance to experience the ‘real world’ and rejection comes with that.

Keep applying and take on any advice or criticism that comes your way – you might be surprised by the outcome.

(Lead image: The Internship/Regency)