Saturday, April 13Royal Holloway's offical student publication, est. 1986

Securing An Internship

The end of term two is fast approaching, and many of us will be searching for those summer internships. Here are a few top tips to help you along the way:
• Check you are well-suited for the internships you apply for and carefully consider whether you meet their requirements.
• Use LinkedIn the professional social media network to build your résumé; it is much more professional than Facebook. On the Facebook note, ensure all of your social media accounts represent you in a positive way, maybe don’t post pictures of any bad nights out at the SU!
• Customize your résumé for each internship you apply for, ensuring you create a new cover letter for each application.
• Honesty is definitely the best policy. Don’t hyperbolise information, be accurate, it could come back to bite you in the …
• Proof read your résumé numerous times to ensure there are no misspellings, grammatical errors or informal language.
• Meet the deadline for applications and interviews! Think of it like an essay, if you are up to 24 hours late you are 10% less likely to secure that internship, later than that and it will probably be a 0 chance of you being on that internship this summer.
• Prepare for interviews by getting friends and family to give you a mock interview and prepare you for on the spot and obscure questions.
• Finally, be proactive, make a positive impression, show an interest in the position by researching the company to gain key information prior to a physical or phone call interviews.
Remember you are entering a professional world which could aid your future career, so follow the tips above and start applying now!