5 Tips For Landing An Internship

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Often times, getting your first big job out of college requires some kind of prior experience. This can be difficult to get as you have been in college the last four years dedicating your time to learning about the thing you want to do for the rest of your life. One good way to overcome this experience barrier is through getting into an internship for your desired place of work; however, internships can be extremely competitive. This time of year is when more and more people are preparing to apply for internships. Here are 5 tips to get ready for the internship that is best for you.

  1. Build a Resume: Having a well-structured resume is crucial to applying for an internship. Keeping your information clear, concise, and to the point is extremely important. The Vocatio Center on campus is excellent at helping create the perfect resume for you.
  2. Create a Cover Letter: Creating a letter specifically to describe why you are the best person for a specific job will give you a huge competitive edge over the other candidates. This one is often underutilized. Most people I have personally talked to have never created a cover letter in their life. Again, the Vocatio Center can help you create the best possible cover letter.
  3. Do Your Research: Make sure you know a lot about the places you are applying to. Does the company seem like a place you would want to spend 40 hours a week? Do past employees enjoy the work environment? If the internship is paid, what kind of pay has this company offered in the past? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you make the decision that is best for you!
  4. Apply to Multiple Places: Just like for college, it is a good idea to apply for a lot of different places. There is a chance you will not get your number one choice, so it is a good idea to apply for multiple places, just to be sure.
  5. Be Fully Prepared for the Interview: Once you get asked to come in for an interview, be sure you are completely ready. Have talking points prepared for any possible question they might throw at you. Don’t be afraid to talk yourself up! Being humble is good, just not always in an interview setting. Be sure to know a lot about the company, and be sure to explain how you can improve what they are doing there. Mock interviews to practice for the real thing are also offered at the Vocatio Center!

 

*written by Donny Turner

Student Interview: Wesley Jones

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Tell us a little about yourself. What are you studying?

I’m a senior Business Management major from Jackson.

 

How did you decide to start recording your podcast? Where did the name “Pipedup Podcast” come from?

It was something I was interested in; I did lots of research on it beforehand. My uncle is the audio guy for TLC, and he suggested that I do a podcast. “Pipedup” came from a high school nickname- friends still use it today.

 

How did you decide to use Union’s Recording Studio?

I knew Union had good equipment and wanted to use it instead of buying my own.

 

What has been your favorite episode so far? Has it been difficult getting in contact with the people you interview?

The 3rd episode- the Vanderbilt one. I actually knew the guy he was interviewing; he’s a big fan of Vanderbilt. Trying to find the right people to interview is hard, and scheduling times to do a phone interview is hard.

 

Who is the audience for your podcast?

Just fans of college football overall, and fans of smaller schools who want a different view point of people not from that area.

 

What is the goal of the Pipedup Podcast (what do you want listeners to take away from it)?

It is to highlight college football- I want to make people more knowledgeable of smaller schools. I like players of smaller teams that have a chance of making a name for themselves.

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Are there any podcasts that you enjoy listening to, that you would recommend?

“Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody” and “The History of WWII Podcast,” both on iTunes.

 

What media are your podcasts on?

Soundcloud is the host site and it’s also on iTunes, I’m hoping for Spotify by the end of the month.

 

Finally, do you have any advice for other students interested in podcasts?

Just do it! Just have fun with it. Enjoy what you’re doing and don’t get burned out doing it. It’s not a livelihood; it’s just a hobby.

 

*You can listen to Wesley’s podcast here. Thanks for using our Recording Studio, Wesley!

**Interview conducted by Brandon Johnson.