The Internship Hunt: Preparation, strategy, and a little bit of luck

Thousands of college students go through the grueling internship search process every year in hopes of landing the “perfect” summer internship. What separates the selected few from the pack? Is it their well-crafted cover letters? Connections? Or simply luck? It is crucial that the resume and cover letter really stand out.

Resume and cover letter building tips:

  • Keep it concise. Anything longer than one page is overwhelming and will be thrown out.
  • Check for grammatical errors. Simple spelling errors appear careless.
  • Use bullet points to highlight outcomes you’ve achieved. Start each sentence with an adjective.

The COM Career Development Center suggest that it is also important to brainstorm your experience and conduct research about the companies you are interested in during this process.

Utilizing new and existing connections. 

Now what? Networking and using LinkedIn. The digital space can help maintain and build these connections, whether it be with an old boss, coworker, or BU alumnus. LinkedIn Tip: message your personal connections and invite them for coffee, endorse them for a skill, or ask for a letter of recommendation.  If you are interested in a specific career, ask to join LinkedIn groups enabling you to network with professionals in these industries.

Luck? More like strategy.

Handshake is also a great platform for finding jobs specific to your industry.  When applying to jobs on Handshake, it’s best to contact the recruiter directly via their email. Other job search engines include,  InternMatch, Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder. Having as much in-person contact while job searching is valuable. This means chatting with professors in your industry to see if they can offer any assistance, joining BU clubs connected to your industry, and seizing the opportunity to attend as many on-campus networking events as possible.

Stay focused.

One of the most important aspects of internship searching is staying focused. Set goals and create an organized system to help track your progress. With the proper system in place and the right mindset, you are bound to succeed.

NEVER give up.

Rejection offers a moment of self-reflection to figure out how you can improve. This may entail rewriting your application materials or brushing up on interview skills.  Welcome rejection as an opportunity to work harder and smarter—and most importantly, keep moving forward with confidence.


Kaitlin Cronin, Staff Writer

Kaitlin is currently a junior at Boston University. She is studying Advertising with a minor in English. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys playing tennis, writing poetry, traveling, and watching movies. She has always had a passion for writing, and believes there is great power in the written word and its ability to influence and bring people together. Kaitlin hopes that by writing for the COMmunicator she can create a sense of community for BU students as they read about incredible events, people, and causes associated with BU.

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