Internship Recruiting Best Practices

Career & Internship

Internship Recruiting Best Practices

Professional experience gives you an edge in the admissions process and in career recruiting. Candidates aiming for a “vocational masters” (like business school, law school, or a public policy program) should aim for internships in their field. Internships are important because they demonstrate that an applicant is experienced and able to contribute in a professional environment.

In this post, I’ll share some ideas for how to effectively pursue internship opportunities.

  1. It is important to set goals for your internship. What industry am I targeting? Am I particularly attracted to any firms or organizations? What am I aiming to learn through the experience? Answering these questions for yourself will bring needed clarity as you begin searching for the right opportunities.
  2. Once you’ve identified your goals it’s time to prepare a polished CV. Your CV is a one-page document that showcases your experiences, skills, and education. Human Resource officers (just like admissions officers) will usually spend just 30 seconds reading a CV so it’s vital that you highlight your accomplishments and qualifications.
  3. A tailored cover letter that clearly explains your interest in the firm and what you can contribute is also vital. Prospective employers want to see an enthusiastic applicant that can bring real value to the company. Your cover letter should explain why you are excited to be considered for the role, what you hope to contribute and learn from the opportunity.
  4. Once equipped with these tools, you’re ready to begin recruiting in earnest. We must remember that people give people jobs and they like to work with people they like and trust. Be polite and confident as you meet representatives at career fairs and information sessions. Follow-up with an email to the recruiters you meet, thanking them for their time and insight.

Searching for an internship can be quite stressful but it all goes back to the basics. Brainstorm your goals for the experience and then prepare your CV and cover letter. As you meet recruiters, demonstrate that you will be a valuable member of the office and you’ll receive an invitation to interview before you know it.

Good luck!

Onward!

Greg Nance

ChaseFuture CEO