Helpful Hints: Applying for Internships

Hiring managers report that they quickly weed out 90 percent of applicants based on three criteria:

1) spelling/grammar/punctuation typos;

2) overly generic cover letter (or none at all); and

3) irrelevant [for that position] information listed on resume.

The applicants that were actually considered all wrote a well-edited, personalized cover letter that included the following information:

  • how they found out about the job;
  • what enticed them enough to apply for it; and
  • what skills they have to offer that demonstrates they could excel in this particular role.

In the Know: The Advising Relationship

Students are equal partners in the advising process. As an advisee, you are ultimately responsible for your academic and career decisions. Academic advisors are best able to assist you when you:

  • devote time and energy to reflecting on and clarifying your values, abilities, interests, and goals;
  • maintain contact with your advisor at relevant times during the semester (e.g. registration, midterm);
  • adequately prepare for advising sessions by reviewing the university catalog and course offerings; and
  • write down your questions to make sure you don’t forget to cover something important at your meeting.