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Applying for Internships – Round Four

Over the past few weeks, we’ve created lists of 2-3 internship sites a week, researched each site, prepared tailored application materials for each, then submitted applications.

This week:
By now, you’ll likely be able to guess our first goal for this week – follow up with any Round Two or Three internship applications. Then, create a list of your Round Four internships; research each, prepare application materials then submit.
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Applying for Internships – Round Three

In Round One, we started with a list of 2-3 internship sites, began researching each site, tailored application materials for each, then submitted applications. Last week, we followed up with the Round One internships, created a list of Round Two internships and began researching them.

This week:
Last week, we chose not to send out any applications in order to adjust for busy school schedules. If the week wasn’t as busy for you and you decided to send out application materials, be sure to follow up with each internship that you applied for last week.

Check your notes for your Round One internships, and if there is any follow up needed for those, be sure to do so this week. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but depending on deadlines, you may begin hearing about scheduling interviews for that first round of internships. Don’t be surprised, though, if it takes several more weeks to begin hearing back about interviewing.

Otherwise, your goal this week will be to tailor your resumes and cover letters for the Round Two internships and send them out.

Next, identify another 2-3 sites for your Round Three internships. Again, you’ll want to research each of these carefully and, time permitting, tailor your application materials appropriately. Keep in mind that some types of internships require more than a resume and cover letter – some may require you to submit writing samples, a personal statement or essay(s), recommendation letters, or other materials.
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Applying for Internships – Round Two

Last week, we started with a list of 2-3 internship sites, began researching each site, tailored application materials for each, then submitted applications. Our goal over the next few weeks will be to submit roughly 2-3 internship applications each week.

This week:
Follow up with each site that you applied for last week. Either call or email, preferably call, each of the 2-3 sites. Ensure that your application materials were received and that everything was intact (sometimes attachments can be forgotten or may not open correctly, or items can be lost in the mail). Next, ask what their hiring timeline looks like. You might ask something like, “Do you have a sense of when you will be calling applicants for interviews?” Follow-up is extremely important, but the majority of applicants won’t do it – the fact that you do follow up with the internship site will demonstrate a level of professionalism expected at this stage in your career and will also show your genuine interest in the opportunity.
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Applying for Internships – Round One

In previous posts, we’ve talked about internship basics. Now, let’s begin applying for internship opportunities.

This week:
Make a list of two or three internship sites that interest you. We’ll start small to keep it manageable. In coming weeks, we’ll add additional sites to the list, but for now, stick to just two or three.

Let’s call this list of sites our Round One internships.

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