- Gathering Work Samples
One of the best methods of reinforcing your previous work experiences is by showcasing some of your best examples. These samples can be from previous class projects, internships, volunteering, and any other situation.
If you have a large number of samples and awards and recognitions, you might consider creating a career portfolio, which you can then bring with you to internship interviews. Web-savvy grads can also create online career portfolios.
For more assistance and to learn more about the types of content you can put into your portfolio, go to this section of Quintessential Careers: Career Portfolio Tools and Resources.
- Strengthening and Protecting Online Identity
There’s no question many employers are looking at each internship candidate’s social networking profile as a tool to making employment decisions. While tightening security features is the minimum you should do to protect your profile, you may also consider cleaning it up once you start internship-hunting — just as you should change your voicemail message to something professional.
But don’t just stop at tightening the privacy settings on your accounts; take the next step and Google yourself. If nothing significant comes up, consider posting some thoughtful responses/reactions on prominent blogs in your career field — using your full name. While employers typically do not expect much for college grads, having any kind of (positive) presence in search engine findings can give you an edge over other internship candidates.
- Learning Internship-Hunting Etiquette
Just as with so many things in life, first impressions are critical in internship hunting. Your cover letter and resume make the absolute first impression of you as an internship-seeker (see later in this chapter). Once you get invited to an interview (more later in the chapter), the keys to a good first impression come down to dressing for the interview and knowing internship-search etiquette. Read more in this section of Quintessential Careers: Job-Hunting & Business Etiquette Resources.