February 22nd is an exciting day at the Center for Career Development! The application period opens as we seek Career Interns for the upcoming academic year. I’m always filled with anticipation as the deadline approaches and we begin to get a glimpse of the outstanding candidates that we’ll have the opportunity to meet during the interview process.
If this is the first you heard about this on-campus leadership internship experience, take a look at our “Work at CCD” page to get a snapshot of our Career Intern Program.
Still interested? Here are my tips for making yourself standout as an applicant on paper:
1. Follow directions. Though it may be obvious, each recruiting season I see this issue arise. Don’t just read the directions quickly and skim them. Read very carefully and triple check that you are submitting everything according to the directions. When in doubt, call the Center for Career Development to ask for clarification. We are more than happy to help.
2. Don’t wait until the last minute. I may sound like your professor or parent, but this is when problems arise: your laptop crashes, you get sick, and we could think of others. The application period is open for 3 weeks, but don’t delay. Set yourself a goal to get your materials in by the first or second week just in case an unforeseen emergency comes up.
3. Get your résumé critiqued!!! Come into our office as many times as you need to feel the best you can about your résumé.
4. Get to know the current Career Interns and make a good impression. Ask them about what they do to determine for sure if the position is a good fit for what you are looking for in an internship.
5. Take some time to reflect on why you want this internship and be genuine as you write your essays and prepare for interviews. Oh, and setting up a Practice Interview is a great way to gain improved interviewing skills and prepare for up to three interviews if selected.
Best of luck to you as Career Intern hopefuls!