Business Talent Network

General tips

Here you can find some overall tips that can help you while applying for an internship.

1. Start as early as possible in gaining career experience

  • Don’t wait until your junior or senior year in college to find a career-relevant internship. Here’s what you can do along the way in order to land that dream internship/job:
  • Start joining clubs.
  • Get work or leadership experience.
  • Network with industry players.


Start doing all of this as early as your freshman year. By starting early:

  • You’ll have more opportunities to try lots of different internships.
  • You’ll be more likely to get accepted for an internship program.


2. Clean up your resume

To get noticed by an intern hiring manager, your resume must be pristine! Make sure:

  • No grammatical errors steal the show.
  • Your resume is short, sweet, and simple (no more than 1 page long).
  • Input some creative flair, if your profession allows (like graphic design).


Always write a cover letter in addition to submitting your resume. Tailor your cover letter with details on what makes you a good fit and why you chose this company for an internship.

3. Start looking about 5 months in advance

This means if you’re looking for a summer internship, start looking in January. Although some companies start hiring toward the beginning of the summer, many start earlier and will stop taking applications as early as February-March. No matter the season, starting early also allows you more time to find the perfect internship for your field.