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How to find Internships

Updated on June 17, 2015

Prepare Resume

The very first and essential step you can take to get your first Internship is by preparing a great resume and by great I mean it should be properly tailored keeping in mind the purpose of resume & the important and essential points that need to be included in the resume. Now every resume is unique and can have different points or Information presented in one way or another But It should have following common contents:

1. Name & Contact Information: This should contain Your Name, Address, Phone No. , E-mail address, LinkedIn Profile link if you've made one. This should go at the very top of the resume.

2. Objective: This part should contain the objective of this Internship e.g; for Unpaid Internship you can write some thing like :"Looking for an internship program in a company wherein I could learn under working professional to gain knowledge and improvement of my skills by giving some input to the company." would be fine. If you're applying for a specific designation you should do the same changes in this section

3. Educational Background: This should include your grades and pointers in Graduation and Post Graduation fields if any in reverse chronological order along with University/College names.

4. Technical Knowledge/Skills: If you're thinking of applying for technical jobs like in IT or Engineering field then this is the section to write the topics or subjects that you feel you can totally handle it or at least you know the subject pretty well. e.g: Programming or Assembly Languages, 2D-3D CAD Designing, HTML, C, C++,etc. you can include the subjects that is going to help you get the internship but you should never write what you don't know.

5. Strengths/Weakness: You should add your strengths and weaknesses in this section you should be able to evaluate yourself and you can also write about how you're trying to overcome your weaknesses.

6. Work Experience: This should include your past work experiences along with the companies name and your role at that company. If you don't have any work experience you can include your final year project works along with the details of how you contributed to the company.

Make sure that you have included only the essential points and the information that you need to send in your resume. It should not exceed more than one page in length.

Resume Example for Internships

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After Preparing Resume

So you have prepared your resume now you have to get it to work. To get an Internship you have to first apply for it and what best way to do so is other than doing it from the best network from The Internet. There are many websites which you can you use to apply to one or several companies just by uploading your resume to the respective websites.

Depending on the country or the state you reside the website differ you can always look-up on google and find the one for you.

Here is a list of many such websites through which you can apply:

Internships.com

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World Internships

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LetsIntern

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Network

Now this is very easy to do all you got to do just use your network of friends, alumni, relatives basically everyone who can get you your desired Internship or at least recommend you. Everyone will help you since you are providing service in exchange to experience and most of the companies believe interns contribute with new ideas more than employees hence they wont hesitate to get you aboard if you're good enough for the position.

Use professional Networking Websites like LikedIn and GlassDoor : LikedIn is probably the largest business oriented social networking service with more than 20 million users worldwide the possibilities are many. You can network with HR's and asked them by writing e-mails.

Apply to the Company Directly

You can also go to the company directly and ask for any vacancy for Internships. But you should apply to most of the companies before 2-3 months before date of joining. If you cannot make make it to the company you can always use their respective websites to apply from their careers section of the website.

Networking

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The Interview

So you've found your Internship and you got a call from the company for the Interview. Now the interviewer can ask you any question depending on the field or position you've applied for but since this is an internship interview this wont be so hard. But nevertheless these are some questions that are very commonly asked:

Essentials Questions:
1. Tell me about yourself.

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

3. Give me an example or a situation in which…

(a) you were in a situation in which you faced a conflict or difficulty at work or in school;

(b) you were in a situation in which you may have had difficulty with a supervisor, co-worker, or peer;

(c) you were in a leadership opportunity or had a project you were most proud of.

4. Can we go over your resume?

5. What are your career goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Internship Related

  1. Why are you interested in this Internship?
  2. What do you know about our organization?
  3. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  4. What do you know about the issues faced by our organization/constituents/members?
  5. Do you have any ideas on how to solve or address some of the issues our organization may face?
  6. What type of work environment do you prefer?
  7. What makes you unique from other candidates?
  8. What type of job-related skills have you developed that may help you in this internship?
  9. How would you assess your writing and communication skills?
  10. How would you assess your computer/tech skills?
  11. What do you want to learn from this internship?
  12. What qualities do you think will make one successful in this internship?
  13. Have you had previous internship experience? Why or why not?
  14. Do you know anyone at our organization?

You Academic or Professional Interest

  1. Why did you choose your major or area of work?
  2. What activities are you involved in outside of school/work?
  3. What were your favorite/least favorite classes? Why?
  4. What did you enjoy most about your last job?
  5. How would your professor or past supervisors describe you?
  6. Describe your research experience.
  7. What has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

  8. Did you ever quit a job or a project? Why?
  9. Did you work while in school?
  10. What was the most challenging part of your education/work?

Situational:

  1. Give me an example of a time in which you worked under a deadline.
  2. Give me an example of when you worked with a team.
  3. Give me an example of a time you worked on multiple assignments during one time.
  4. Provide an example of a time in which you solved a problem for an employer, peer, or customer.
  5. Describe a situation where you taught a concept to a peer, co-worker, or other person.
  6. Describe a time where you disagreed with a supervisor.
  7. Give me an example of a time you gave a presentation.
  8. Describe a situation in which someone critiqued your work.
  9. Give me a time where you worked under minimal supervision.
  10. Give an example of a creative piece of work.

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