Part of the First Year MLHR experience is the internship hunt. For those first years out there, let me pass down a little bit of advice. From what I have heard, a lot of you are pretty stressed out.
So you know there is this perfect internship out there for you with the perfect company. You don’t know exactly what it looks like or where it is going to be.
Excuse the deep sea fishing analogies, but it is kind of like traveling into unknown waters and going after something that is somewhat elusive and even a bit scary.
Here is the good news. When you go deep sea fishing, the biggest part of the voyage is being prepared. Having the right tools, a steady vessel, and a good crew makes the journey so much more fun. (Well that and a cooler full of beer).
The tools you need for your internship hunt are a polished resume, a practice run (mock interview), a nice suit, and well developed responses. These are all things that you can do to prepare.
The vessel to get you there should be your individual characteristics, why companies want you over the 20 other people applying, the experiences in your life that make it a good fit. These are things that you should be very familiar with, after all, you know yourself better than anyone.
A good crew on a deep sea hunt is vital. Career services is that crew. Make sure you keep them up to date, ask them questions, make networking connections, really take advantage of everything they offer.
If you really give it your all, the big fish will start coming to you. Good luck to all of you first years out there!
Rather be Fishing,
*Jaws @ Universal Studios