5 Tips to Score an Internship

20 Mar 2017

Whether you are a first or final year, doing internships can be a rewarding way of getting a feel of the “real world” and securing a network of connections. While they are a great way of getting your foot in the door by exposing yourself to your chosen industry - you aren’t alone if the application process seems a little daunting!

With that in mind, here are 5 tips to score an internship:

1. Perfect your resume

Your resume is one of the first things your potential employers will read, so perfecting it is so important to make sure yours leaves an impression. Make sure that you keep formatting clean and wording concise (2 page max!), and get across any relevant experience that you think matches the job criteria. It doesn’t necessarily have to be related to the industry you are applying for, but think of skills that you attained from previous work or volunteering experience e.g. team work or leadership, that can make you stand out.

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2. Read the position details

It seems like an obvious one, but reading the position details is an invaluable trick to crafting an effective cover letter. Linking up your experience with what the company wants makes it easier for them to see how you fit the criteria they spent time accruing.

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3. Attend Career Events and Seminar Sessions

UNSW holds a number of career events across the year, including the Careers Expo, and these opportunities are an excellent way to meet potential employees, learn more about companies, and ask about internship opportunities. UNSW Careers & Employment also run a number of free seminars throughout the year to help you craft that perfect cover letter or nail that group interview.

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4. Learn about the company and know what you want

Do your research into companies that you would love to work for, and ones that have the work culture that you’d want to immerse yourself in. Your enthusiasm will shine through both on paper and during the interview process. That being said, if you aren’t so sure where you’d like to intern, apply anyway and who knows? The company may just surprise you.

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5. Don't give up!

If you don’t get that first internship you applied for, don’t fret! Being rejected is just a part of the process, so don’t let it discourage you. Keep refining your cover letters and don’t stop applying and interviewing, your hard work will pay off

Debbie Zhou

By Debbie Zhou, Bachelor of Arts & Business/ Law

Debbie has recently just completed an internship with Sydney Festival during their 2017 Festival. Here she was responsible for copywriting and research, executing niche marketing campaigns and worked on a variety of print and signage materials.