Today, the internet is the natural companion for candidates to find an internship or a job. However, the profusion of sites is such that it is sometimes difficult to find your way around. So many specialized portals, so many offers: it is enough to get lost!
Sabiss comes to the rescue and presents its advice for searching (and finding!) your internship online.
1. Fine-tune your CV and cover letter
To find an internship is the same as looking for a job. You need to prepare a letter of application that explains your background, your education, and what you expect from the internship. Your application must be precise and addressed to the right people. Your cover letter should not belong. A letter of a dozen lines is sufficient. You should be clear, to the point, and in short sentences. Your cover letter should not be redundant with your CV.
Your CV must be clean and neat. It should fit on one page and present your academic background, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Summer jobs, internships, or even community service should be listed in the “professional experience” section of your resume. All these things will help you to find an internship online.
In order to highlight your professional experience, briefly describe the tasks you were given (welcoming customers, rearranging the store, taking orders, etc.).
One week after sending your letter, call the recipient of your application. The follow-up call is important. It is an opportunity to briefly introduce yourself and show your motivation. You can take advantage of this to ask about the recruitment process.
2. Establish a project
Take the time to figure out what you want to study before you start your research to find an internship. Consider what your ideal internship might include. Write down the abilities you’d like to employ, the ones you’d like to develop, the company’s field of activity in which you’d like to advance… and you’ve got yourself an internship assignment. The more specific your project, the more specialized your search will be, and the more likely you will find an internship that is a good fit for you.
3. Find internship offers
To have a choice and find an internship you like: don’t wait until the last minute. As soon as you know the dates of the internships, start your search.
Every university or college has an internship office where you can get information and internship agreements. This is also where you should find out if your school has already received internship offers from partner companies. These are often companies that have already hosted students from your school or university. Recruiters are therefore familiar with your training program. A plus for you to find an internship.
Many colleges have gone digital. Companies post their internship offers directly online. You can then consult them by connecting to your account via your school’s website.
All major companies have an “internship and employment” area on their website where you can consult their internship offers and also submit your CV.
Also, look for internship offers on job boards. Finally, even if a company does not have an internship offer, it may be interested in your spontaneous application.
4. Inform your network
Spread the word about your internship hunt to as many people as possible! Perhaps your next-door neighbor or a friend’s sister works for a firm that hires interns in your field? That’s will help you to find an internship.
Don’t be afraid to use social media. It’s a good idea to mention that you’re looking for an internship on your Facebook profile. Furthermore, company recruiters are increasingly investing in social media sites where they post job and internship opportunities. Some pages, such as Sabiss on Facebook, are completely dedicated to recruiting, hosting events and competitions on a regular basis.
Finally, if you turn down an internship offer to accept another one that suits you better, stay on good terms with the employer by politely declining the offer. Keep their contact information. This contact information may be useful the next time you look to find an internship or a job.
5. Be ready for the interview
It is not enough to send an application to find an internship. You also have to remember who you sent it to and possibly follow up if you get no response. Also be prepared for an interview, which is not as demanding as a job interview. But still, it is an opportunity to show your skills and professionalism when looking for an internship. Finally, don’t go with mom to the interview… it’s not a good idea.