It’s almost that time of year again: Internship Season.
Landing the perfect internship takes time, and let’s be honest can be all-out stressful. Here are some tips to get you ahead of the game, and make Internship Season not so bad.
#1: Work your resume/CV NOW
Many internship programs require their own application process. For example, last summer Mono required all applicants to apply within one tweet. If you already have your resume ready to go, then focusing on this aspect of the application will be a breeze. Edit, revise and polish up your resume. Get a second opinion on it, and repeat.
Here are some resume tips from the Intern Queen herself.
#2: Do Your Research
The majority of agencies/ PR companies have an internship program that runs through the summer. There are many sites that you can use to find a list of companies in a specific area. On The Creative Ham website, you can categorize lists of ad agencies by region. Many schools have RedBooks subscriptions, and you can locate agencies in city areas with this tool as well, and find possible contacts within an agency.
Compile a list of where you would like to apply, and subscribe to their job board. You can also follow them on Twitter. Many companies will post new openings through a tweet.
We have all heard the saying, “It’s all about who you know.” Especially in an industry where there are over 100+ applicants for each position. Knowing someone from the company doesn’t automatically get you the position, but it does help your application stand out from the crowd, and will lead to a higher chance of an interview.
Minneapolis is also a great area to network in the advertising industry. If you are a member of Ad Fed there are monthly events that allow you to meet people in the industry, and most events are free for members!
Another great event to meet professionals in the industry is the Student Advertising Summit! We have a ton of representatives from agencies, and it is a great chance to learn about the companies you may be interested in working in.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Finding an internship can be an intimidating endeavor, but just take it one step at a time. You are sure to find the place that’s the right fit for you!
Written by PR/Social Media Intern: Brittany Forsberg