Are you thinking about starting your career in between your studies, but are worried that you don’t have adequate professional experience? Well, then you might want to consider applying for an internship. The reason for this is that getting an internship prepares you to work efficiently in a professional atmosphere, and helps you in developing such skills in yourself, which will be much needed in your future career.
Like the sound of getting an internship? But not sure how to get one?
Worry not! As in this article, we will be discussing how you can land an internship; and one that puts you on the right line of business.
What is an Internship?
Since you had searched for this very topic in the first place, you might already know what an internship is. However, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, we will briefly explain what an internship actually is!
An internship is defined in the Google Dictionary as,
“The position of a student or trainee who works in an organization in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.”
Also, not all internships are paid. You may even find some internships which are unpaid. If you land a paid internship, it is well and good. However, if you find a good internship opportunity that is unpaid, we suggest that you go for it, as the main purpose is to get relevant hands-on experience in your field of interest.
Steps to apply for internships:
Applying for internships is not as difficult as it may seem. Some applicants are concerned that since they don’t have any particular experience, on what basis will they be given the opportunity.
It is a relevant concern and the answer to it is that potential employers are on the lookout for talented people and good learners, so they will be more concerned about your skills and attitude more than your experience.
So, to give you a clear vision of how to apply for internships, we have divided this article into three parts.
Part 1: Steps to follow before applying for internships:-
Before starting to apply for internships, you need to have your documents prepared so that you don’t miss an opportunity ‘just because it took you a lot of time in preparing your documents’. Here is what you need to do in this regard:
Step 1: Create a Resume:-
A resume is a must to submit when applying for internships. Typical resumes consist of a person’s previous experience, but since you don’t have much of that, you should include those aspects which demonstrate your educational background and interests.
Try to include some, if not all of the following points in your resume:
- Volunteer work
- Extracurricular school activities
- Your GPA
- Courses that you have taken in school
- Any job functions that you have performed (even the most minor ones)
Step 2: Gather references:-
In your resume, try to put in as many references as you can, including those of teachers, previous employers, or any professional that you are in touch with.
This will increase your credibility in front of your potential employer.
Step 3: Create a portfolio:-
If you possess any technical skills, like writing or graphics designing, etc. it is best that you compile some samples (3 to 4 are more than enough) and create your portfolio to submit alongside your resume.
The reason for this is that samples or testimonials of any work experience that you have will put a greater impact on the HR team than any of your resume or CV.
Part 2: How to find good internships:-
Once you have prepared all your necessary documents it is now time to know how to find good internships to apply to so that you can get the best practical exposure you can as an apprentice.
Step 1: Search common job sites:-
Those websites which are used for job postings generally have a column of internship proposals in them as well. Websites like Indeed, LinkedIn, Career Builder are the best in this regard.
You can browse those websites in their ‘Internships’ portion by typing your field of interest as a keyword, and you are sure to find a suitable internship opportunity near you.
Step 2: Try intern specific websites:-
Another great way to find an internship to start your professional career is by getting linked to intern-specific websites.
People normally complain that they cannot find a good internship. This is mostly because they apply for ‘jobs’ and not ‘internships.’
HR departments obviously require a professional and skilled person to be given a permanent spot in their firm, and interns don’t even touch the level of experience and skills of professionals. So, we suggest that you turn the notifications on for intern-specific websites to increase your chances of getting a good internship.
Step 3: Browse social media platforms:-
In today’s world of technological advancement, there is actually nothing that can’t be achieved through social media.
Try searching Facebook for ‘internship opportunities near you to get affiliated with some of the best firms offering internships.
Step 4: Find reference work:-
Consult with your teachers and other professionals whom you are familiar with for internship opportunities. This is because they might know of some opportunities that are fit for you and are not even posted on job sites.
We know it might sound a bit embarrassing but there is nothing wrong with it, and, if asked in a professional way, you can actually land some pretty good opportunities.
Step 5: Start pitching prospects:-
Once you find a suitable internship, there’s nothing left to wait for. You can start pitching prospective employers right away as you already have your documents prepared.
Top 10 Leading Organizations Offering Internships:
This article provided you with a complete, step-by-step guide on how to find and apply for scholarships. All that is left now is to ace that interview and start your journey as a professional.
Following are the top organizations that offer internships on yearly basis to the students:
- UNICEF Internships Website
- WHO Internships Website
- USAID Internships Website
- World Bank Internships Website
- Proctor & Gamble Internships Website
- JnJ Internships Website
- Tesla Internships Website
- Space X Internships Website
- Google Internships Website
- Facebook Internships Website
If this article met with your requirements, let us know in the comments section below. We hope you find a good internship to start getting practical exposure real soon.
With that said, this article has reached its conclusion. We will meet again with another transcript soon. Until then, Adios!
Optional & Mandatory Documents for Scholarship Application Submission
This section jots down and explains the list of documents needed to be submitted along with a scholarship application. Some of these documents are the same ones that the universities or colleges asked you for while you were applying for admission.
Make sure to prepare the following listed Scholarship Application Documents in order to maximize your chances of selection for any scholarship program:
Optional & Mandatory Documents for Scholarship Application:
- Scholarship Application Form
- Research Proposal for doctoral degree candidates (plagiarism-free, and freshly written)
- Study plan essay for Master degree candidates (plagiarism-free, and freshly written)
- Attested copies of degree & transcripts for schools, colleges, and universities attended.
- Letter of Motivation
- Statement of purpose (SOP)
- Letter of intent (LOI)
- Letter of Recommendation from professors of the previous college attended. (2 original)
- Health Certificate (1 original, 1 copy)
- Abstract of theses or portfolio (if applicable) (1 original, 1 copy)
- English proficiency certificate or English language test record (IELTS, TOEFL, TELC, etc)
- GRE, GMAT, or other qualifying test records (Optional)
- Scholarship Resume (CV) and a cover letter (Optional)