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THE APPLICATION PROCESS

First, you will need a resume (and probably a cover letter) to send to a potential employer during your internship search. 

Don't forget that even if you already have one, it should be tailored for each organization.

HOW IT WORKS

Generally, employers will follow up with a group of candidates from the applicant pool for first-round interviews, either by phone or in person. A smaller number of those will be called back to continue the process until the final candidate is selected and offered the job.

You might hear from a hiring manager within days, or it might be six weeks or more.

Be sure to give yourself options by applying to several internship opportunities.


KEEP TRACK & FOLLOW UP

Keep track of internships applied to, including date, deadlines and any contacts you may have. Don't forget to save the internship posting for future reference, in case the employer takes it down. Using Excel or Word can keep you organized.  

If you don’t hear back within a few weeks (assuming no date has been established), follow up with recruiters or contacts via phone. *One phone call to inquire about the status of your application is not pushy—it’s proactive!


PLAN

Look into alternate housing and transportation accommodations if your desired internship is in a location other than where you live.