Students: Your 30 second internship pitch

Landing a successful internship can be just the thing that you need in your collegiate career to help set you apart from your classmates.  But before you find your perfect internship in the field of your calling you first need to figure out your internship pitch. Here are some strategies to construct the perfect 30 second internship pitch.

Sell Yourself

The overarching thing you need to do in your perfect internship pitch is sell yourself. Who are you? Why should this employer let you intern there? What do you love about this particular provider’s product or service? You need to view this time like you’re in an elevator with someone and you have only the few short seconds between floors to sell them on who you are. So it’s got to be quick; but you shouldn’t glaze over the details and sell yourself short. Companies like people that can help solve problems. Show them quickly why you are a good fit. Your pitch should be urgent but realistic.

Student Internship

Sell Your Skills

You need to have a certain set of skills to thrive in the business community. Whatever your internship is, what are your skills that are going to make you successful? Do you have a knack for whatever your desired field is? Have you been relieving athlete stress for years as you strive to become a physical therapist? Were you the wonder kid DJ from your hometown who started working graveyard shifts on air over the weekends? Whatever it is – from computer skills to people skills – it’s got to be colorful and easy enough to digest so that your employer snaps you up without a second thought.

Sell Your Drive

What is your 5-10 year outlook for yourself? Where do you imagine the world will take you? How can that translate into something meaningful for the place you’re looking to intern? Do you imagine yourself coming back to this place to one day get regular work? If so that’s a great selling point and is one that’s worthy of sharing. Let the employer know what motivates you and how reliable you are.

Sell Your Passion

No one likes it more than when someone has real passion. If you are unable to sell your prospective employer on why you are the best one for the internship, then maybe you’re not. While not every internship will be a dream opportunity, there should be some reason that you are interested in pursuing the one you want. People want to be around others with passion and interest; they want to give opportunity to those who have and share that interest. It’s your job to show that off here.

If you want to set yourself apart from the crowd and you think you’ve got what it takes, then get going! All you have is this very moment; you might as well use it to find your perfect internship which can lead to your dream job.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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