How to Snag your Dream Internship

by Maggie Chisum

I know there is a lot of pressure to figure out what you want to do, who you want to be, and where you want to work at a really young age. And it feels like the end of the world if you don’t secure your dream internship during your collegiate years. I get it! Here are a few tips on how to increase your chances of landing the internship you’ve hoped for.

  1. Research! You don’t know where you really want to work until you’ve done thorough research. Make sure you are checking out what the company culture looks like, reading reviews from previous employees, and asking around among friends/family who might have worked there previously.
  2. Get connected! I love LinkedIn, and I think it’s an amazing tool in the search for your next role. Send connection requests to individuals who are in the position you are pursuing (they will be able to provide valuable insight), and send connection requests to those who are in positions of power (they will be able to execute a hire).
  3. Find a mentor! There are so many people, at every company, who have vast experiences and are able to coach you through your career journey. Find someone you are comfortable with, and ask him/her to mentor you. Don’t be afraid to take someone to coffee or out for a bite to eat to discuss your goals, their career trajectory, etc.
  4. Trust the process! I know that you have a vision for what you want your experience to look like, but try to keep an open mind. As cheesy as it sounds, you will end up exactly where you are supposed to be, and any experience is beneficial to your learning.

There are so many great opportunities out there, and just as many great people who are willing to help you along the way. Utilize the tools you have and the people around you to get to the destination. I’m cheering you on – you’re going to do great things!