How to get a great internship

It’s that time of year again when students start thinking about where they’ll spend their summer. A few of my peers have asked me for tips on how to snag an awesome internship. Here are three suggestions:

  1. Aim high. Is there a company that you’ve always dreamed of interning or working for? If so, go for it. Research if any of your peers or Ball State alumni have worked or interned there. Reach out to them if they have.  I contacted an alumnus who interned at CBS News before I applied for its internship program. She told me about her experience and put in a good word for me to the internship coordinator. Also remember that you don’t have to stay in Indiana to do an internship. There might be scholarships available specifically for relocating to a different city for an internship.
  2. Preparation is key. Once you’ve applied and been selected for an interview, do even more extensive research about the company and department that you are interviewing for. I like to print out all the information I have about a company so I can go through and highlight it. I also like to type out questions I think will be asked and then bullet point my answers.
  3. Relax and be yourself. Sometimes this can be the hardest part, especially when you are very nervous. Just take a deep breath and be confident in yourself and your research.

This is how I prepared for a recent phone interview!

Need some inspiration for internships? Check out this video!

And if you’re wondering where students move to pursue internships, check out this neat CCIM info graphic.


Where is your dream internship? Or have you already had it? Comment and let me know.

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