Getting the perfect Internship

If you are passionate about your career path, chances are you will be very intense with your internship search. It is important to find a relevant internship that will keep you motivated, engaged, and coming back for more each day. Landing such an internship may be taking longer than expected. However, when you know what components are needed to locate the perfect internship, you may find what you’re looking for right under your nose. Here are a few ways for you to find the perfect internship.

Apply For The Right Opportunities 

If you are seeking a career in the food industry, why even consider applying to a graphic design firm? Even if there is a chance that the two industries may overlap, you have to be direct about what you want. Make sure that you search and consider opportunities in your desired industry to eliminate wasted time and energy. Once you narrow down your search, evaluate each of the companies. Do you see yourself happier in a more relaxed culture setting or are you looking for an executive position? Do some research on various company’s background and goals.

Take your own perspective into account to find which company will best suit you. The more you can identify with the position you will be taking, the more you will enjoy the internship.

Create the Perfect Resume

Once you know which internships you are going to apply for, it’s time to build the perfect resume. Use a cover letter to introduce yourself to the company and motivate the reader to read your resume, Start strong with your name in a slightly larger font so you won’t be forgotten. Instead of using “one size fits all” language, tailor your resume specifically to each company and position for which you are applying. Don’t be afraid when you have to put down your relevant experience. Relate your coursework, previous work experience, volunteer work, and community service to fit the needs of the internship. Use clear language to magnify your achievements and strengths. Don’t add information that isn’t true or misleading. If you can’t get the internship on your own merit, then you don’t need it. Include references and a professional portfolio if applicable. Be sure to proofread your work before you send it off.

Team of young chefs preparing delicatessen dishes

Prepare for the Interview

Now that you have gotten this far in the process, it’s time to bring it home with the interview. Prepare for your interview by doing research of the company. Typically you can find information about background, mission statements, and the founder on the company’s website. Feel free to browse information about products and services as well. The more information you know about the company, the more conversation you can have at the interview. If you are nervous, it may be a good idea to do a mock interview with a friend. Come up with possible questions the interviewer may ask you so that you will have ready responses in mind. Consider what questions you will have to ask the interviewer so that you can get more insight about the company and the internship. Have a nice outfit prepared for the interview. Be sure to properly groom yourself so that you will feel more confident. Get a good nights rest and rise early so that you won’t be late.

Are you ready to seek out the perfect internship?  Visit www.bridge.jobs to find the perfect internship in Rhode Island.

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About bridge.jobs

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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