How to secure an Internship

Securing an internship is even tougher than that of searching an internship. This article will explain you the tips to secure an internship.

Step I: Contact the employer

Primary step is to establish a contact with the employer. Generally, the advertisement for an internship will also let you know the best possible ways to get in touch with the employer. If it is not specified in the internship notification, then making a phone call to the concerned department of the organisation would be a good choice to get connected with your prospective employer. However, your communication in such cases shall be professional and be confident. Once, you had an interaction with the concerned person from your prospective employer, it is always appreciated to collect their email id and email them a copy of your updated Resume along with a covering letter and you may also ask them any initial queries you may have.

Step II: Excel in interview

All you have to do to secure an internship is to impress your employer and convince them that, you are the most suitable candidate for the internship. Interview is the best chance for you to do the same. This could be done in number of ways such as your dress code, language and mannerism (body language), and of course your approach to interview questions.

  • Conduct a thorough research about the organisation before the interview
  • Find out and remember the vision and mission of the organisation
  • Ensure that, you looks and sound professional and confident
  • When it comes to self-introduction, speak in definitive terms. For eg: I can do this, I will do that etc.
  • Do not use terms such as may be, probably etc.
  • Use references to the buzzwords, vision and mission of the organisation
  • Get conversant with those common interview questions and how to answer them
  • There are many standard questions that tend to get asked and how you answer them is important

Step III: Be persistent and proactive

Always be persistent and proactively seek the information you want during interview. Since, employers want to see that you are capable, determined, and invested in the position you want, persistence and proactive character of yours will give the employer an impression that you will work hard and be a good employee.

Step IV: Acceptance of Offer

Well, now you have cleared the interview and received an offer. Once you receive an offer, make sure that, the offer is matching with your expectations. If you have any other interviews in your hand, you may ask the employer for some time to decide on the offer. However, you are advised not to reveal about your other interviews. Subsequently you may contact the other employers you’ve interviewed with and see if they can make you an offer sooner. This will help you to choose the best offer rather than going for the first job offer, you receive.

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