This is what I call the time span from January – June when each student is searching and applying for the perfect summer internship.
I am Lauren Berger, "The Intern Queen", and I enjoy helping students search and apply for “hard to reach” internships like NASCAR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, and SEVENTEEN magazine. I’m called “The Intern Queen” because I completed 15 internships during my college experience. I traveled to Los Angeles for two summers and also to New York for a summer interning at companies like: NBC, MTV, FOX, BWR PUBLIC RELATIONS, etc.
I’d love to share with you what I learned about PREPARING AND FINDING A SUMMER INTERNSHIP:
- Where do You Want to Work?
Make a “Dream List” of 10 companies where you can see yourself working in the future. Look up the websites and main contact numbers for each of these places. Make sure to see if the site has a special section for job/intern candidates.
- Call Them Up.
If you cannot find internship information on the website, cold-call the company and ask to speak to the internship coordinator. They will either transfer you to a human being or to an automated system that should be able to let you know how to apply.
- Get Your Materials Together.
Your materials should be prepared before you even start applying for internships. You should have a general cover letter stating your personal and professional characteristics that make you a great candidate for any job in your field of interest. You should have a resume that is up-to-date. You should also have 3 letters of recommendation on file: A personal letter, professional letter, and a letter from your academic professor.
- Apply for More than One Internship.
I suggest students apply for at least 10 internships per semester, if they are available. Always have a backup plan and never bank on one company. Even if you have a connection to a specific company, you never know what will happen. Keep your options open.
- Follow Up.
If you send your materials to the attention of someone specific – don’t hesitate to call or email in 4 weeks to follow up with them. You want to stay persistent but not annoying.
- Nail the Interview.
When interviewing for an internship you want to kill them with your passion and excitement. A company would rather have an excited and ambitious individual who is inexperienced over someone who might be “too” confident and feel as if they are “above” the tasks assigned.