The clock is ticking and if you are in college it is time to think about your summer placement. These days, the Internet makes it much easier for job seekers to find an internship or a permanent position. There are many websites with advertising jobs available to graduates and experienced candidates. However, if you are a student with no or very little experience it might be a real challenge to “get in”.
Internship programs are designed to help students to find their place in the sun and obtain a vital professional experience in order to build a future career. However, getting an internship is not as easy as you may think it is. Krysia Hepatica, a Master student at Michigan State University and an eco-friendly intern at Ingenex, shared her secret of getting a good internship position. “Network. If you are keen to find an internship at a digital marketing agency in Ann Arbor area, check out LA2M first and introduce yourself to Derek Mehraban – it might be a good start to your career”.
Once you’ve got an interview, there are some rules, basic procedures and most importantly – deadlines you have to meet in order to make it a successful one. So first of all, be prepared. Emily Walsh, our Spring 2013 intern, thinks, “Research is a key to the successful interview.” If you are applying for an intern position at a digital marketing agency, for example, make sure you’ve visited the company’s website, as well as social networks and blogs. Prepare a list of questions you have to the interviewer. Questions may vary: some can be related to the research you’ve done (this way you will show your genuine interest at the company) and some can be position related (daily tasks, personal schedule, etc.). Do not afraid to ask questions! However, if you do, make sure they are well phrased and to the point.
Second of all, it is also very important to know how to talk through your skills. When talking about your skills, achievements and past experience make sure you include relevant examples. Don’t give a “cliche” speech – make your story unique and interesting to listen to.
And last but not least, make a positive first impression. Dress smart, be at least 5 minutes earlier for your interview, be yourself! Here is a great tip from one of our Spring 2013 interns, Ashlie Forchione: “Smile. Even if you’re nervous. Even if you think the interview isn’t going well. A smile can go a long way. Every interviewer wants to hire friendly, happy employees. A smile will set you apart and make you look and feel more confident as you proceed in any interview. Grumpy Cat is great for laughs, but no one wants to work with him.”
Good luck in your job search! Remember these tips and hopefully you won’t even need it!