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  • Brandi Schonter

5 Tips on How to Get an Internship

Internships are essential in the world today. They offer preparation for future careers while providing experience otherwise unavailable unless one is employed.

Jacquelyn Smith and Hope Restle, writers for Business Insider, said, “One of the most important things you can take away from an internship is your new-found knowledge, which includes knowing how to fulfill tasks relevant to your desired career path.”

An internship can also be the first step in determining what career path is right for you. When looking for an internship, the goal is to find one that can provide relevant experience and career insights.

There are many ways to go about getting an internship. These five steps are astart.

1.) Resources

When searching for an internship, it is important to know what resources are available to you. According to Meredith Dodson, whose office is in the Student Success Center in Mott, since an internship coordinator is no longer available at Olivet, academic advisors can provide students with the necessary information toget an internship.

Other valuable resources are alumni, personal networking, and websites as such as Indeed, Chegg, and LinkedIn and even job fairs. According to Penny Loretto, writer for the Balance Careers website, attending job fairs, checking online resources, and networking are all effective ways in finding internship opportunities.

2.) Know what you want

In Loretto’s article “The Essential Benefits of Internships,” she said, “Internships are opportunities that employers officer to students interested in gaining work experience in particular industries.” Gaining experience in a field that you are interested in can benefit you when determining what career you will go into after you graduate.

3.) Resume

When applying to an internship it is important to prepare a resume that ts the internship. Every internship needs its own resume. Although this can be time consuming, it can better the chances of getting accepted into the internship program. According to Kate Lopaze, writer for the Job Network, “A good internship resume is tailored specifically for the job you want, that means vague statements are not a good idea.” She also said, “Generic statements tell the hiring manager two things: The applicant is using a one-size-fits-all resume, and probably sending it everywhere, and that the applicant hasn’t put time and energy into this particular application.”

4.) Clothing

Dress to impress. Your look depends on you and the type of internship that is being applied for.​

5.) Interview

Just like a job interview, have a resume in hand, along with information about the company. In a PowerPoint presentation by Thomas Humphreys, assistant professor of insurance and risk management, he says to dress appropriately, arrive 10 minutes early, greet with a firm handshake, make eye contact, and listen attentively. These are all steps that can make your interview go smoothly.​

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