You don't have to be the most experienced applicant to be a strong candidate for an internship, but well-crafted and tailored applications that show your skills and experience are essential.
- Start early to increase your chances of finding a great opportunity. Application deadlines vary depending upon industry and organization; some companies (for example, large finance and consulting firms) may hire summer interns the preceding fall, while other organizations won't post positions or begin considering applicants until February or March.
- Use a variety of resources and approaches to locate internship opportunities, and don't limit yourself to applying to only a small number opportunities. Submitting 10 to 20 applications is a good starting goal, though some students apply to more opportunities.
- Most internship applications will require a resume and cover letter, typically to be submitted by email or through an online application system. Occasionally an organization will request an essay, writing sample, academic transcript, or references. Always follow the organization's requirements when applying.
- Before hiring interns, organizations often prefer to interview their top candidates. Interviews may be in person, by phone, or by Skype. Practice your interviewing skills ahead of time by scheduling a practice interview with a Career Adviser at the Lazarus Center.
- Found a great organization you'd love to work for, but it doesn't advertise an internship program? You could contact the organization to propose your own internship - some organizations may appreciate having the extra support on a temporary basis. Here's an example of an internship proposal letter.