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To-Dos for Landing a Summer Internship

To-Dos for Landing a Summer Internship

By Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Step Three: Apply and Follow Up

Is Your Resume in Shape?

1. When did you last update your resume?

The last time I looked for a job
Within the last month or so
Years ago

• With the help of your career counselor, academic advisor or an instructor, develop a strong basic resume and cover letter. Each internship you pursue will require a customized resume and letter.

• Get at least three letters of recommendation from people who can speak highly of you professionally or academically, such as instructors, employers and advisors.

• Apply for the internships that interest you most. Remember, if in doubt, apply. It’s better to be rejected than to have no chance because you didn’t even try. Keep track of your applications.

• Follow up with each organization shortly after its internship application deadline passes. Follow up sooner if you feel competition will be stiff or to make sure the company received your materials.

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