Internship Q & A with Career Ambassador Chelsea Hamilton

Finding an internship is always one of the most stressful tasks for college students to conquer. While you are busy sending tremendous resumes to companies, networking with employers during career fairs and panel discussions, take a break by having a brief self-evaluation on what you can improve during this process.

Here is a short conversation between me and one of our Career Ambassadors, Chelsea Hamilton, a junior majoring in Communications, who is currently working for JP Morgan Chase as an operations analyst intern. I hope this Q&A session will assist you in landing your first ideal internship.

1. When you look back at the networking and interview process, what do you think is something that set you apart?

Chelsea thinks that strong communication skill is her number-one strength, which is also the top skill that employers are looking for. She showed up in every event that was held by JP Morgan, whether it was a diversity panel or a career fair, and she took full initiative to talk to every employer. She showed a strong enthusiasm towards the potential internship opportunity.

According to her employer, her resume was excellent compared to other applicants. She utilized the resume critique that Career Services Center offers before she went to the interview. As a matter of fact, recruiters usually will screen and evaluate 400-600 resumes for a single position. Therefore, it is not surprising that a killer resume is essential to get your foot in the door.

2. What do you think are the most difficult interview questions?

“What are your strengths and weaknesses?” might be the hardest one, Chelsea said. Truly knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are and articulating them well takes time, thought, and practice. On the one hand, you need to make sure you emphasize your strengths. On the other, you need to positively demonstrate your weaknesses by illustrating how you can work on them so that they will not be big obstacles for you.

3. What are some tips you want to share with us in terms of how to become an excellent intern?

  • Always ask questions when unclear.
  • Don’t get frustrated when you fail at doing something the first time.
  • Keep open communication with your managers and your team members.
  • Seek any opportunity that can help you learn and grow professionally.

4. What is your best advice to students who are eager to find an internship or summer job?

  • Every opportunity is a good opportunity. Do not downplay each one of them.
  • Don’t limit yourself.  Any job opportunity, to some extent, can be linked to your major in terms of the necessary soft skills required, which can pave the way to your future dream job.

What are your job search tips and internship experiences? Share with us.