Applying: Getting Down to Business

You’ll need a resume to send to a potential employer during your internship search. Even if you already have one, it should be tailored for each company. You’ll also want one on hand at the start of an interview. In most cases, you’ll also need a cover letter, one written specifically for each internship that you apply for.

If you’ve never written a resume or cover letter (or even if you have) we’ve got you covered. We can help you get started, proofread, or consult with you about your draft. We also offer workshops on resume writing.

Word to the Wise:

Write your resume without a template. You’ll be happier with the result, and it will be easier to revise as time goes on.

Interviewing

You’ll probably interview at least once for each internship. For some organizations, you’ll meet with someone from human resources as well as from the area or department where you’d be working, possibly with your future internship supervisor. These interviews might take place during the same visit, or on separate days.

While the interviewer will certainly be asking questions, this is also your chance to ask questions that will help you decide whether to accept the internship if it’s offered. Interviewers will expect you to probe; it demonstrates your level of interest in the company and the position. Just be sure to listen well, too, and don’t ask something that has already been directly covered, or is available from information you already have. It’s okay to ask questions for clarification purposes, however, if you are unsure.

Generally, your turn to ask questions will come toward the end of the interview.

Questions you’ll probably want to cover

  • What will my responsibilities and tasks entail?
  • Will I mostly be working on projects alone or with others?
  • What are you (the employer) looking for in an intern?
  • I am very interested in working on… gaining experience with… Will I get a chance to do that here?
  • Will I be assigned to one department, or will I be working in various departments?
  • Where will the internship be located?
    If it is not clear due to multiple corporate offices, etc.
  • What has been your experience with past interns? What has made them successful?
  • Who will my supervisor(s) be? How often will we meet to review my work?
  • What are the working hours and time commitment, and (if part time) how flexible will the schedule be?
  • Will there be any pay or stipend?
    You might already know this from the job posting.
  • What is the end date for this internship?
  • Are there any special requirements in connection with the work?
    Think about on-call requirements, overtime hours, out-of-pocket expenses, lots of moving, lifting, standing, etc.?

Following each interview, be sure to send the interviewer a thank-you note (by email or post), expressing your appreciation for their time and the opportunity to interview. Make sure to reiterate your interest in the position. If you can, reference something from the discussion that caught your attention and how you can contribute to the internship or organization.