How to optimize your experience for an internship

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How to optimize your
internship experience
The IICAP Internship Process
1
Finding the right internship
2
Turning the internship into a job
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What Career Are You Leaning On?
Internships can translate to full-time positions
It is important that your employer likes you,
but more importantly … that YOU like the work
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What Career Are You Leaning On?
Make sure to:
• Know what environment best fits with you:
– Chances are, the happier you
are at work, the better the
quality of the work you produce
• Build realistic expectations:
– Grunt work is inescapable regardless of the job!
– However, make sure to set out what you expect to be doing
and learning over the course of your internship
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Where Would You Like To Work?
Finding the ideal company:
• Research industries
– Learn all about the industries that
you would be interested in
• Research companies
– Learn about them through their webpages, research sites (i.e.
Vault, Hoover’s Online, etc.) and University resources
(counsellors and online databases)
• Make contacts
– Develop your network by attending information sessions,
reaching out to companies of interest for more information
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How Do You Get The Internship?
Once you’ve identified a company of interest:
• Research the organization thoroughly
– What is the company currently doing? Find out new trends,
challenges, recent successes, and workplace history
• Complete your application as clearly and
professionally as possible
– Your resume and cover letter must outline your skills, experience,
education, volunteer work, accomplishments, and interests
• Prepare for the interview
– Practice mock interviews with your friends beforehand
– On the day of your interview, dress professionally and bring a copy of your
resume
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Acing The Interview
After researching the company and, when
possible, the people who are interviewing
you …
Practice your responses with a
friend or an academic advisor
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Acing The Interview
Be prepared for two kinds of interview questions:
• Behavioral:
– Set out to test your behavior
in an employment context
• Technical:
– Purposed to assess whether you
have the necessary subjectspecific knowledge for the job
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Behavioral Questions
Sample of behavioral questions:
• Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure
• Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
• Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how
you achieved it.
• Give an example of how you worked on team.
• What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
• Share an example of how you were able to motivate
employees or co-workers.
• Have you handled a difficult situation? How?
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Interview Dos And Don’ts
BE CONFIDENT
Composure is key. An interview is
a good measure to show how you
handle pressure so you do not
want to appear too nervous.
DRESS AND ACT
PROFESSIONALLY
It is not what you say, but how
you present yourself. Shake hands
firmly, maintain eye contact, sit
up and stay focused.
SELL YOURSELF
Speak confidently about your
experiences and how they
distinguish you from the other
candidates.
ARRIVE 15
MINUTES EARLY
Late attendance is never
excusable
DO
GET CLARIFICATION
The better you understand the
question, the better the answers
you give.
DO YOUR
HOMEWORK
Learn as much as you can about
the company and the people that
are interviewing you.
ASK QUESTIONS
Asking questions is the best way
to show enthusiasm for the job.
Show you did your homework
and you are genuinely interested.
FOLLOW UP
Send a follow up email thanking
the interviewers for their time
and reaffirm your interest in the
position.
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Interview Dos And Don’ts
BE VAGUE
INTERRUPT
CHEW GUM
Get the employer to be more
specific and then respond.
If you don't have time to listen,
neither does the employer.
or place your phone on the
employer's desk.
ACT OVERLY
FAMILIAR
even if the employer is acting in
this way.
SIMPLY ANSWER
"YES" OR "NO“
Explain whenever possible.
RAMBLE
DON’T
Long answers often make the
speaker sound apologetic or
indecisive.
LIE
BADMOUTH
Answer questions as truthfully as
possible.
your present or former employers
or companies.
The IICAP Internship Process
1
Finding the right internship
2
Turning the internship into a job
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Fit in
Be alert to the corporate culture
• Get along with your boss and your coworkers
– Your coworkers always have a say as to whether you get the
full-time position!
• Ask for feedback
– Understanding how they
perceive your work in their
workplace can be very
insightful for improvement
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Fit in
Things to keep in mind
• Adhere to the start and finish hours
– It doesn’t look good to start late
and leave earlier
• Respect the dress code
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Set Personal Goals
• Show initiative
– Showing enthusiasm for your work is the best way to prove you
belong there
• Go above and beyond the bare minimum
– When you exceed expectations, you gain your colleagues’
trust
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Your Image Matters
Everything you do creates an impression
on your employer and coworkers
 Write emails carefully
 Be on time
 Be respectful of others
 Demonstrate professional
integrity
 Praise much more frequently
than you criticize
 Include as many coworkers that
would be relevant to your
activities
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Ask Questions
If you don’t know how to do something, ASK! Employers
do not expect you to know everything the from the first
day on the job.
At the same time, this
demonstrates eagerness
to learn and motivation
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At the end of the internship
Ask for a reference letter that recognizes the
contribution you have made
And don’t forget …
Have fun!

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