Tips to consider when applying for a summer internship

It’s that time of year again — second semester is in full-swing which means the end of another school year is in sight.

This time also means most students are looking for, or potentially already interviewing for summer internships.

If you want to work for a particular company, agency or nonprofit, odds are pretty high that you’re applying against a whole pool of capable candidates. You may be wondering what it would take to stand out from these candidates.

We’ve gathered a few helpful tips for you to consider.

To make your application, resume or cover letter to stand out.

  1. First and foremost, comb through your current materials to double check for inaccuracies, typos or errors.
  2. If a cover letter is required, don’t write the same one for each internship you apply for. Re-write your cover letter to include what intrigues you about the position, the company and what they may stand for — make it personal!
  3. Spice up your resume. If you are sick of the plain old, boring resume template that you create in Word, find a way to spice it up to match your personality and creativity. Free sites like have several templates you can mess around with.
  4. Leverage your school’s career services or development programs. This is a great way for you have another set of eyes, and best practices of tailoring your application, resume or cover letter to what a company is looking for.

How to stand out in an in-person interview.

  1. Bring enough samples for everyone in the interview to review.
  2. Dress professionally. Regardless of the company you are applying for, always dress professionally — first impressions are everything.
  3. Come prepared with questions about the company, day-to-day operations, and internship.
  4. Leverage your school’s career services or development programs. You can go through mock interviews and get the advice you need to feel comfortable and prepared going into your interview.
  5. Be yourself. Easier said than done sometimes, but show off your personality. It can be both beneficial to you and the individuals hiring to see if you are a good fit.

How to stand out after your interview.

  1. Hand-written notes. This is probably the most important thing you can do post-interview. Hand-written notes are a great way to show appreciation and interest in the internship position and the company.

You know the saying, that nothing good ever comes easy. Applying for internships — and full-time positions — takes work and a lot of it. But, the reward of nailing an interview, or securing the role is worth all the time you spent to prepare.

Interested in checking out internship potions within the Central Iowa area? Check out our job board today.

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