Top Tips for Getting a Summer Internship



May 15, 2019 - piranha - Employment

Are you looking for ways to keep yourself entertained over the summer? An internship not only gives you something to do but also helps you to build experience. And this experience will be invaluable once you graduate from university!

There are lots of different internships out there so you may want to do a bit of research beforehand taking into account your interests, degree subject, existing skills and how much time you have to spare.

We have put together these useful tips to help you get an internship this summer!

Keep your CV up to date

Have you carried out work experience before? Or maybe you’ve recently took part in an extracurricular activity at university? These are things that should be added to your CV, especially if they’re relevant to the role you’re applying for!

Your CV is the first thing potential employers see about you so it’s important to keep it up to date with work history, experience and skills.

Think about the type of internship you want

There are lots of things to consider when choosing the type of work and internship you want to do. For example, some jobs require you to work at a computer most of the day, whereas others are spent outside.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is the role something you’re interested in?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Will this role help you develop skills for your future career?
  • Are you good with people?
  • Is a desk job suited to your personality?

Once you have an idea of what it is you want to do, you can then start to research local businesses, job vacancies and internships. If you are still struggling to find one that fits your needs, it might be idea to drop in at one of UCLan’s careers drop-in sessions for lots of useful advice and information.

Fully prepare yourself for interviews

Landing an Internship

Interviews are your time to shine! It’s important to prepare for them by researching the company and role, so that you can explain exactly why you want to work there and what it is about the job that appeals to you.

Interviewers will also want to know what you can bring to their business, so be clear on the skills and experience that you can bring to the table.

It might be a good idea to practice some answers so that you don’t get caught out on the day.

Some common interview questions include:

  • Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why did you decide to apply for this role?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • Can you tell us about a time where you have disagreed with a colleague and how you resolved the situation?
  • How do you handle working to tight deadlines?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 and 15 years?

Getting the most from your internship

Once you have accepted your internship, it’s time to start gaining as much experience as possible! Hopefully, your time there will help you develop new skills and make you stand out to any potential employers in the future.

Things to remember:

  • Be professional.
  • Have a friendly & positive attitude.
  • Make notes of the things you learn.
  • Offer to help out your ‘colleagues’.
  • Ask questions.
  • And finally, enjoy it!

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