Finding an internship that works?
When thinking about applying to internships, you have to see what works for you. As fun as many sound, they might not fit into your schedule or be exactly what you want. Today, we are going to discuss how is the best way to find an internship that works for you.
Tip #1 – choose something that suits your time frame
Looking for something that only lasts over the summer? Be sure to only apply for something that specifically is looking for that. It is key that you do not apply for longer apprencticeships that you would not be able to actually partake in. Instead, see if that company is offering something more short-term, such as a spring week.
Tip #2 – apply for something that suits your timings too!
If you are looking for an internship that is during term times, make sure the hours suggested in the advertisement will suit you. You should make sure that your school or university work is the priority, so make sure you can balance it! Also make sure that if you do get the job, the contracted hours are the same as the ones stated in the internship offer. That way, you can make sure that you are only doing the hours that work for you.
Tip #3 – make sure you read the information about the internship thoroughly!
This might seem like an obvious one, but be sure to read through the terms of the internship carefully before applying. See if you are qualified to even apply for the job, as sometimes they look for people on specific courses or in a particular year of study. It is best to apply for the internships that you are certainly qualified for. Also make sure the key details (such as location) work for you. The commute should be the easiest part of your work!
Tip #4 – see if you know anyone who has done an internship at the company
LinkedIn is a great way to see if people you know or someone at your university has done a similar internship. They might be able to provide a unique insight into how the organisation works, and whether it would be a good fit for you. It might also help you get an interview or a second glance over your CV.
Tip #5 – keep notes!
Try to keep a detailed record of where you have applied, when you applied and response dates. That way you can keep track of any potential leads and make sure you are ready for those interviews!
Have you got any tips on finding internships that work for you? We would love to know!