Applying: Make yourself stand out
There can be thousands of applicants for a single internship and you might not get every internship you apply for. I was turned down a few times. The best advice I have is to prepare an “above and beyond” application.
For most fields, every applicant should have some form of a digital portfolio. I highly recommend creating a personal website with a short biography, resume, examples of your work, and contact information. Not only does this look professional, but it also helps establish your personal brand and makes it easy for employers to get to know you beyond a name. Show your individuality and highlight whatever sets you apart from other applicants.
It’s still important to send a cover letter, and be sure to keep your LinkedIn current and your social media clean, too. Something small, yet easy, to forget is to have available space ready in your voicemail inbox. I once missed a call from a job I’d applied to and they weren’t able to leave a voicemail to set up an interview, which I found out much later.
An internship can be a great opportunity to learn more about a field you’re interested in or to make valuable contacts. Hopefully, these tips can help you land the opportunity you’re looking for.