5 Steps to Landing Your Dream Internship

By: Jessi Winner

I have recently started my dream internship at JUMP. The search for the right internship for me was a long process, but once I came across JUMP I knew that this fit was perfect. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door. They allow you to gain experience and kick start your career. There are so many different choices in internships sometimes it can be a overwhelming finding the one that is right for you. Choose something that you are passionate about, that you know you can grow in, and the key factors that you are looking for in an internship. When I was hunting for my perfect internship I wanted somewhere I could be creative, have on the job training, have fun while working, and be a part of a strong team. After doing my research I knew that jump! was perfect for me, and the next step was getting the internship. In order to land my dream internship, here are the 5 steps I followed:

1.    Have an up to date resume and portfolio.

When going through the interviewing process you want to be able to show off all your current skills. You never know when you will be asked to send over your resume or asked to see your online portfolio. There is nothing worse than knowing you can offer more, but forgetting to put it down on paper. Let your future employer know you are organized and stay on top of tasks. While I was going through the interview process I handed out my resume to a minimum of 5 different people. Having an up to date resume allowed me to talk about all of my current work and show off all my skills.

2.    Get involved

Whether its school projects, volunteer work, or networking you have to get your name out there. Getting involved with clubs or chapters that involve your career will help you meet local professionals and get insight on their jobs and what their company offers. If you aren’t sure where to meet people try meetup.com or looking for professionals to reach out to on social media. Never be afraid to reach out.

3.    Research all Companies

Researching local companies will allow you to know your options. Look at job listings and job requirements help you to know the expectations of new hires. Vice versa, make sure that you are interested in the company’s work. The company needs to be a fit for you just as much as you should be a fit for the company.

4.    Reach out to companies that interest you

Being passionate about the work you are involved in is key. The key factors for me again were creativity, fun while working, on the job training, and a strong team. I knew this would be a company that I would be passionate about my projects and never dread coming to work. JUMP inspires me to think outside of the box and always pushes the limits. I knew from my research that going in to the internship there would never be a boring day.

Once you have researched all the companies, narrow your choices and reach out. Find someone in the company to contact and express your interest. If the company that you are interested in has no job openings, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone to coffee or lunch to discuss future possibilities. Let the company know you are interested. Take a tour of their facility and seeing how they work. This will give you an idea of what to strive for.

5.    Follow up

Whether you landed the interview or were just taking a tour, be sure to follow up. Email can be used as a follow up for your visit to the company or your interview, so long as you are thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the position and company. If a job was not landed then follow up once every six months expressing your interest and just give them a little reminder that you are still there. Don’t be afraid to speak out.

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