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How to Land an Internship that Pays

How to Land an Internship that Pays

If you’re just getting started with your career and want to build your writing skills and credibility before becoming a full-time freelancer, you might be considering an internship. We live in a new world of online networking and building an online presence is key to land any kind of position. Traditional internship experience in a remote format can be a well-structured way to refine the writing and project management skills you desire to improve. Below, we’re highlighting some of the best ways to set yourself up for success in your internship search.

Tailor your resume and cover letter

You might already have a strong idea of your strengths, skills, and achievements, but it’s time to put it on paper. Organize your credentials/skills from college and career experience gained in a way that’s easily comprehensible at a glance. Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible to clearly communicate your impact. Re-evaluate your portfolio and level it up in any way you can. Since you’re likely competing against hundreds of other applicants, you want to do everything in your power to convey that you’d be the most valuable team member and asset to the company.

Optimize your online presence

When you submit a resume online, be sure it’s optimized for resume-scanning bots. Also, include your LinkedIn profile and link to your personal website if you have one. If you don’t have a personal website or portfolio page, challenge yourself to create one. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t far along into your career or having perfectly defined your niche. A personal website is an incredible professional development tool. You’ll benefit from starting to build your own personal brand. After all, when applying for paid internships, you might be against applicants who already have impressive online presences.

Do everything you can to set yourself apart

Stand out from the crowd by distinguishing your unique skills from the rest. The goal is to prove that you’re not only qualified for the job, but also you bring a fresh perspective and you’re up for any new challenges. Chances are that you’ve held leadership positions and completed passion projects related to your hobbies. Be sure to highlight these things! Point out anything and everything that’s relevant to helping set yourself apart. Focus on providing examples of your communication and teamwork skills, too. Do what you can to show the hiring manager that you’re aligned with the company’s mission and values—they’ll appreciate the extra research you invest to get to know their company.

If you’re uncertain about how to get a paid internship in the current competitive job market, follow some of the steps below. Excelling at an internship can help you foster valuable professional connections and allow you to hone your skills. For anyone interested in learning more actionable tips related to internship-seeking, check out the guide from Mint below:

Landing your dream internship Infographic

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