I am grateful to have been working in the Career and Internship Center here at Norwich, and learning the ins and outs of resumes, cover letters, job applications, interviewing tips, and networking skills from the best possible bosses. I am here today to tell you what things should be accomplished on your end to land that internship of yours dreams, or at least an internship that will lead you to the one of your dreams!
If you have not already, make an appointment at the Career and Internship Center to go over the most recent resume to you have, even if it is from high school! (I didn't have a resume for college until Sophomore year when I first started working at the CIC) Your first step will to speak with myself, or two of my other co-workers who will look over your resume, cover letter, and answer any networking questions you may have before you're ready to meet with Jim Graves. If you resume or cover letter needs some more tailoring, you should work one on one with Meghan Oliver or Kathryn Provost so your potential employer can immediately see your work ethic and determination before they even physically meet you!
If you are trying to apply to a federal internship, I recommend you creating a USAJOBS.gov account so you can use the resume builder on their website. A federal resume is nothing like a regular resume, in the sense that you do not have to include addresses, job announcement titles, supervisor information, etc. on a resume you'd use to apply for Dollar General. If you are more of a visual learner such as myself, go to http://gogovernment.org/how_to_apply/write_your_federal_resume/create_your_resume.php . After meeting with Jim Graves about these necessary steps to take, review the federal resume tool on USAJOBS.gov and gogovernment.org before meeting with Meghan or Kathryn.
When applying for internships, there is certainly no limit. However; do not feel overly confident that you will be selected for the internship or pessimistic that you will not be selected- be self-reliant in your abilities that you put down on those pieces of papers and prepare for an upcoming interview. Remember to include keywords in your resume, especially since most employers such a applicant tracking system that allows them to see the candidates that meet their qualifications to a T.
Good luck and stay confident in yourself!