A summer internship is the perfect way for a college student to add relevant work experience to a resume before they enter the workforce.
Dr. Elizabeth Williams, professor of communications at Colorado State University (CSU), told the Rocky Mountain Collegian that there are certain things students can do that will set them apart from other candidates, the first being extensive research on a company.
You should be prepared for an interviewer to ask, ‘What do you know about our company?’ Williams said.
Williams said a student should also always take into consideration what they hope to get out of the experience and what they can offer an organization.
Next, will you be a good fit for their culture? Especially in a time when there are more applicants than jobs, employers want to see that you will fit their organization, Williams noted.
Students should also have their resume critiqued by a trained professional, as well as practice their communication skills with mock interviews before applying to any position.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals with a postsecondary degree can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.