Tips for a virtual internship
Before you can apply for an internship, you need the relevant documents. Here are the most important.
Write a résumé
Students who don't already have a resume can find free resume templates through Google Docs and Microsoft Word. These templates have a clean design and are easy to edit.
If you want something a little more unique, you can purchase a template on Etsy. Choose a template that you can easily edit in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. When applying for internships in a creative field like graphic design or advertising, choose a template that has more flair and shows your personality.
As you write your resume, focus on the skills you have learned and your achievements. If you've been a waitress at Waffle House (like I was for a summer) mention how it taught you multitasking and organizing skills.
Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with people you know. Ask previous employers for recommendations and help them with specific skills like Photoshop or Excel.
Work on a cover letter
A cover letter is required for some internships. A cover letter should express the value you bring to the company, e.g. B. How your interests and skills fit the organization and why they would be a good addition.
When submitting a cover letter for an online application, make sure you use all of the keywords mentioned in the job description. Some companies use software that filters out cover letters that are missing these keywords.
Have a parent or adult mentor review both your resume and cover letter. They can offer advice on how to formulate specific ideas and remind you of jobs, awards, and other accomplishments that you forgot.
Where can I find a virtual internship?
Once you've created a resume and basic cover letter, it's time to start applying. Here are the best places to find a virtual internship.
Talk to your college
The first place to look is your college career center. Many large companies have direct relationships with universities and accept a certain number of interns from there every year.
Contact the university's career center and ask them about internship opportunities. If you already have a declared major, your department may also have its own career advisor who can help you. You may have more personal relationships with hiring managers and internship agencies.
Sometimes colleges have their own internship and job boards, but it still helps to speak to an advisor directly. They may have more resources and answer your specific questions.
Although the pandemic has changed the way colleges work, some are still hosting virtual career fairs. You will likely need to register in advance and select a specific time slot. So check out these options as soon as possible.
Make sure to follow up regularly if you don't get any feedback from the career advisor. You might be busy and your email can get lost in the shuffle. Don't feel bad about contacting multiple times – this is part of what you pay for as a student and you are entitled to their help.
Contact people you already know
If you've done an internship before, reach out to people from these companies and ask if they need help. Getting an internship is a lot easier when you already know the people responsible – especially if you've made a good impression during your tenure.
It doesn't matter if the people you worked with now have different jobs. You may still be working in a similar industry and need an intern. Make a list of where you work and everyone you remember. If you're having trouble remembering names, please visit the company's LinkedIn page to improve your memory and find contact information.
After contacting them, reach out to any professors you know who still have direct links with the industry. They can share your information or send you links to opportunities they saw.
Don't be afraid to contact people in companies where you have turned down an internship. Most people don't take this personally and may still have positive memories of you. If you have received a prior internship offer from a company, it means that they are likely to be a good match for you.
When reaching out to professors who you haven't spoken to in a while, remind them of which class they attended and include a copy of your resume. This makes it easier for them to forward the email to potential customers.
Take your time composing emails to industry contacts. If you write an email with typos and grammatical errors, your email may be deleted immediately. This is especially true when contacting someone you don't know. You may receive dozens of emails from students like you and don't have time to reply to all of them.
Take a look at the construction sites
If you've reached out to your network contacts with no luck, it's time to look for a virtual internship on a construction site. Construction sites should be the last place you look for a virtual internship as it can be more difficult to stand out from a sea of candidates.
Here are some of the best websites and apps:
Remember not to discount an internship unless it is mentioned that the job is away. Some entries may be out of date and do not reflect the current situation.
When you apply, check the company's website and LinkedIn profile to see if you have personal connections. Having someone in common can put your application in the right hands.