I know we all LOVE applying for 1,800 internships and getting rejected from 10 of them with no responses for the other 1,790. So I’ve decided to write about my love/hate relationship with the application>interview>acceptance/rejection process involved with the game of the summer internships.
If you’re a business major like myself, you know the importance of the ‘experience’ that a summer internship provides. I can vouch for it! Last summer I learned a lot working at Bright Horizons Family Solutions in their Parent Marketing division. I got a taste of the real world and a possible position I might be interested in when I graduate.
I’m on the same hunt this year, searching for positions I think sound interesting and I know whatever happens, it’s God’s willing…. Hopefully it leads me to a position I’ll love and a future employment offer, but that might be a bit much to ask of Him.
So I’ve been submitting applications and cover letters like the busy body I am and I’ve gotten my share of rejection letters (from my top choice may I add). While these letters are extremely disheartening (I literally shed tears over BCG) they only serve as a reminder to continuously keep improving ourselves. Maybe my ambition will get the better of me one day, but until then I shall only keep kicking ***! All of my previous positions have asked me to come back which I know is a HUGE sign of my work ethic and (hopefully) great personality! So my little ‘hounds, keep your head up…. and keep applying for more!!
Interviews used to be the worst part of the whole process, but ever since I got some experience with interviewing I decided it really was not as awful as I thought. I realized that I had anxiety over people not liking me, but really that’s the point of the interview! The interviewer wants to get to know you if you’ll be spending the whole summer with their team! The interview is a chance for you to ask questions about the position and the company that’ll you may be spending 3 months with, so it’s good to go prepared with a few questions and an interest in the position and the company itself. Also, brush up on your resume and know some basics that will be likely brought up in the interview, aka strengths/weaknesses, experiences where you’ve had to make tough decisions, your decision-making process, and your past experiences.
Hopefully the interviewer will see the real you and realize what an asset you would be to their team!
After what seems like years, you will finally get an email of acceptance or rejection. Now, it may be hard to take it with perspective if you get rejected, but don’t think of it as a rejection of your skills, but rather a rejection of your personality, lol. Try to take these rejections with a grain of sand because you will eventually find one that will be meant for you, I truly believe it. Also, if you get rejected, it would still be really polite if you sent an email back thanking the interviewer for their time. I know it hurts, but have manners, reassure the older generations that there’s hope for our generation yet!
So my dearest ‘hounds, I know the daunting process of applying for internships looms, but honestly the more applications you fill out, the higher the likelihood you’ll actually get one!
Also! There are TONS of resources on campus to help you through the process!
-The Career Center for everything related to your future–get to know the staff, it’ll be helpful!!
-The Writing Center for your cover letters…. they help me make my cover letters much more eloquent than I write them!
-The Counseling Center…. if you get rejected and need someone to pick you up!
-Starbucks….. for the caffeine needed to finish all your applications!
Because I’m avoiding applying for more internships… I wrote you a haiku on internships (all you English majors please feel free to revise!)
One day an intern
I’ll apply for eighty-five
I’ll chose only one.
Until next week Hounds!!