In just one year, I gained immeasurable experiences and skills through the Center for Career Development’s Career Internship (CI) program. My only regret? Not seeking help on my application before handing it in.
Although I did land the position in the end, I do wish that I utilized all the resources at the Center for Career Development prior to applying in order to make my application stand out. So here’s some tips on how to utilize some of our services to bring your application to the next level!
- Get your résumé critiqued: You should get it critiqued every time you have a new job application, especially so with this internship for two reasons. First, you will meet a current Career Intern who can answer any questions you may have about the application and see what it’s like to conduct a critique which is a core responsibility of every intern. Secondly, it is highly recommended you get it reviewed before you apply. Trust me, it is noticeable when applicants do not come get their résumé critiqued for this application. It is a win-win for you as a CI hopeful! Our walk-in résumé critique hours are Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00.
- Write a cover letter: While it is not required for this position, you should always write a tailored cover letter for every application unless the employer specifically requests you not. Writing cover letters is not simple and certainly doesn’t come naturally to most people. I would recommend coming into our walk-in career counseling to get your letter reviewed by our career counselors. If needed, you can also set up a 30 minute appointment with a counselor to work on it more in-depth. Our walk-in career counseling hours are Monday-Friday 12:00-4:00.
- Schedule a practice interview<: Emails will go out over spring break if you are chosen for an interview. If you get this email, celebrate! Immediately after celebrating, be sure to call our office to schedule a practice “mock” interview. We will tailor your interview for this position in particular and provide you with personalized constructive feedback on your performance. Doing a practice interview will boost your confidence levels leading up to the interview and prepare you for potential questions.
I wish you all the best of luck in your application process!