How to Land a Killer Internship

Below are some tips on how you can successfully land a killer internship. This is based on steps I have taken to land 3 different internships including my internship this summer with PepsiCo

Disclaimer: This blog post is focusing on the not so obvious factors that will help you land a killer internship. I do not mention maintaining a high GPA and being involved with clubs.

Freshman Year: Setting yourself up

Take CSE

One of the most important classes I have taken at Ohio State is Computer Science Engineering 2111 (CSE). This class taught me the basics of Microsoft Excel which is CRUCIAL for any internship. Excel is a skill which is required by nearly every company. If you can master this skill you can start any internship and not only look smart but add value. Make sure you take this course freshman year and learn it to the best of your ability.

Network

Although it is hard to land an internship freshman year it is definitely possible. Utilize all your family members and friends to network. Express interest early on that you want an internship for the summer. Many large companies have internship positions for relatives and family friends of employees. My freshman year I interned at Citigroup Inc. through their “Friends and Family Program”.

Become QUIC

In order to land an internship you must be able to nail an interview.  QUIC is a practice interview process Fisher offers. By going through this process you will learn how to approach an interview and appropriately market yourself to interviewers.

Sophomore year: Next Steps

Continue to Network

Once you return from your freshman year summer it’s time to pick up where you left off. Continue to reach out to family and friends and express your interest in obtaining an internship.

Practice Interviewing

Go to the fall career fair and get as many interviews as possible. The best way to land a stellar internship is being exceptional at interviews; the only way to improve is to practice. After the fall career fair send your resume to companies on FisherConnect. Companies usually screen sophomore resumes during second semester for candidates in positions they did not fill. These companies screen resumes in their database for key words. One key word I strongly recommend getting in your resume, if you can, is Pivot Table. This catches recruiter’s eyes. You can get you an interview if you have knowledge and practical experience.

Have an Open Mind

Stay positive and be willing to relocate/take a non-paid internship. I was not called for an interview my sophomore year until the week before spring break. This was after the fact that LBrands (sophomore year Internship Company) screened most of the juniors. With a stroke of luck they started screening for sophomore interns.

A great way to get practical experience if you cannot land a paid internship is with nonprofits. These organizations never have enough resources and you can get some serious exposure interning with one.

Junior Year: Landing the Internship

Hard Goal

Once you return from sophomore year summer it’s time to start grinding. Set a deadline for when you should accept an internship offer; mine was October 31. I sent out my resume to nearly every company on FisherConnect and I did not stop grinding until I landed my internship.

Practice Practice Practice

Really get after it and do as many interviews as possible. Before I had my PepsiCo interview I had gone through 7 interviews with 6 different companies. After each interview I critiqued myself on what I did wrong and which situational questions I could have answered better. Once you hit five interviews you should be a pro and have the highest level of confidence.

In summary, landing a killer internship is in your hands. You can do it if you stay focused, be persistent and don’t give up.

Good luck and happy interning!

 

8 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Freshman…

By Lindsay Bodenhoff, Career Coach

1. Get involved early! Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation and has organizations for every interest. Do you love grilling out and eat ribs? Buckeye Barbeque Qlub is calling your name! You’re passionate about health and fitness? Join CHAARG and learn about new work outs! Fisher also has organizations for almost all specializations and interests. Find something you’re passionate about and stick with it– you’ll meet people, have fun, and hopefully gain leadership experience.

2. Research professors and ask other opinions prior to enrolling in their class. Professors can make all the difference, so it’s important to find ones who can benefit you the most. 14 weeks is a long time to spend in a class you’re not enjoying.

3. Student discounts are awesome. Businesses love college students! There are so many student discounts available and worth searching for. Did you know that you can see a movie at Gateway for $6.50 with your BuckID? Even stores like J Crew and Apple offer student discounts. College is expensive and these deals can make a big difference!

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4. Learn the tunnels throughout Fisher! Did you know Schoenbaum, Mason, Gerlach, and Fisher Hall are all connected by underground tunnels? Learn early on to avoid walking in the rain or snow!

5. Sleep and be healthy. You need it. Stop trying to pull all-nighters. It’s not healthy and it makes you less productive. Make time to work out and try to eat healthy when you can- the freshman 15 is no joke…seriously.

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6. Yes, you actually have to study and be organized to do well. More important than anything, study and keep up with your classes. If you aren’t doing well in school, re-evaluate your schedule. It is so much more difficult to improve your GPA as a junior than it is to start off well freshman year. Trust me, classes will get harder.

7. Start thinking about internships early on. I was baffled when sophomore year hit and students started talking about internships and the career fair immediately in September. Don’t be that person. Research internships and plan to have at least one under your belt before graduation!

8. Treat yourself! You got an A on your Computer Science exam? You deserve that Chipotle burrito and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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Fisher Fall Career Fair 2014

Another Fisher Fall Career Fair is in the books!

On Tuesday, September 9th, the Office of Career Management hosted over 155 employers at our largest career fair to date. Set in the Ohio Union, we were anxious to see the results of a year of planning and hoped for a good turnout.

The result? Approximately 2,000 students attended this event!

The calm before the storm…

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Sidenote: How beautiful are the chandeliers in the Ohio Union? Am I right?

We took over 3 floors this year!

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The Cartoon Room on the 3rd floor was hopping!

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Our two “Ems!” Fisher students Emily George and Emelie Moehler

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A  HUGE thanks to Alpha Kappa Psi members for serving as ambassadors at the event.BxF7Md8CAAE-GGy.jpg large

What an amazing event! Now excuse us while we go recover! 😉

Name Tags are here, ya’ll!

As you probably saw during our Twitter/email campaign this summer, the Ohio Union no longer allows stick-on name tags during any event in their facility. For Fisher students, that means we won’t have those sticky name tags available to print anymore. That’s okay, they’re not really environmentally friendly, and we’re Fisher, so let’s step up our game a bit, shall we?

Thompson Library Name Tag

Look how nice Brutus Buckeye’s name looks when it’s attached to a magnet! Gorgeous.

If you ordered your name tag by the August 21st deadline, stop by our office, 150 Gerlach Hall, and pick yours up! We want to make sure you have yours in time for the Fisher Fall Career Fair, so we have extra staff members on hand to assist you over the next few days.

I mean, look at all these name tags! Seriously.

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