3 Mistakes Interns Make When Applying



Applying for an internship is an arduous task. Seamlessly landing an internship is an art. Your resume and cover letter should speak for themself to make your entrance into an interview. But walking into the office doors in a crisp, black blazer and a confident countenance doesn’t mean you’re done with your application. In fact, your resume in conjunction with an interview makes up the entirety of the application process. Only after you’ve rocked those can you kick off your heels and take a deep, relaxing breath.

As youthful interns who are green to the application process, compared to seasoned professionals, there are 3 key mistakes made that need to be recognized and combatted.

Don’t fake it

We’ve covered in our previous post The Biggest Resume Mistakes common errors interns make when constructing the holy document, but what we didn’t address is how to combat a lack of work experience. Having only a couple years of college under our belts, with corresponding work experience, leaves us with a lack of qualifications we assume we need. Don’t fake it. Even (debatebly) worse, don’t create a resume that is the spitting image of a job description instead of showing or explaining accomplishments. Push your ego aside and realize sample trafficking is not rocket science. Impress employers by including non-work world related accomplishments, such as volunteering or school projects, that show achievement and results. That is what will impress an employer.

Proofread, proofread, proofread!

Don’t just check for accuracy grammar and spelling yourself, reach out to friends and family and have them proofread it for you. And then reach out to more people. The more eyes that preliminarily scan your resume the better. It’s the tiniest of errors that may cost you the job.

Use the Internet

We don’t just live in a digital age, we grew up during the peak of its metamorphism. Needless to say, we millennials are well-versed in the ways of the Internet. One of the biggest mistakes prospective interns make is prepping for an interview scrolling through Facebook instead of soaking in knowledge from the company’s website. Learning everything possible about a company before the interview provides preparation to not just accurately answer questions regarding your familiarity with the company, but allows you to specifically tailor your answers to be in line with their mission statement and core values.

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Why You Should Stay At Your Internship For More Than One Semester


When it comes to reviewing a resume, two attributes tend to be notable credentials: extraordinary responsibility and unwavering commitment. Unfortunately, these traits are unlikely to be acquired in the standard four month internship period. How does one obtain these characteristic achievements? Investing. Not with big buckets of Benjamins, but with precious time by staying at an internship for more than one semester.

Wary about making the decision? Here’s 3 reasons why you should consider staying at your internship for more than one semester.


Trust is a five-letter present only gifted to those who have paid their dues. Since the majority of interns only remain at a company for a brief period of time, allotting reliance and investing in training may seem like a venture with little return on investment to employers. The awareness of the temporary nature of the situation inspires bosses to become hesitant releasing all-encompassing trust through the assignment of crucial responsibilities. This can be conquered by staying at an internship for more than one semester because the act proves you are no temporary traveler. Investing in a commitment to the long run motivates employers to offer interns more responsibilities, which is exactly what you should be looking for.

More than just a pretty face

A four month occupancy at a company makes you a familiar face. An eight month commitment gives you a name. Having those in high places place a name to your pretty face, as opposed to scratching their head to collect a facial recognition, is a crucial step to building connections. Once it’s apparent you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, unlike the majority of interns that swarm in and out the company doors on a monthly basis, your dedicated work ethic becomes worthy of remembrance.

It’s anti-aging

Let’s be real – applying for internships is a an arduous task filled with hours of resume revisions and pre-interview jitters. The months long daunting process creates an unbreakable, anxiety-ridden bond between you and your iPhone inbox. The stress is tangible. The struggle is real. Fortunately for those who stay at their internship for more than one semester, the thought of going through an application process is a distant memory replaced by blissful stability. No only is this a wrinkly-free remedy, it allows you to stroll through your day with the ability to zone in on your work without the distraction of the impending, inevitable future.

Convinced? Check out our blog post on How To Stay For More Than One Semester for instructions that will lead the way to your success.

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3 Ways To Leave Your Internship With A Bang

As the semester comes to a close marked by an impeding load of cramming procrastinated material into your overstuffed brain and a slew of Scantrons, the end of your internship is quickly approaching. While you’ve been rocking it all semester long, last impressions are almost as important as first impressions. Therefore, in order to be an intern to be remembered for years to come, it’s time to end with a bang! A big bang! A “break the internet” kind of bang! Here are 3 ways to leave your internship as an intern icon to be reckoned with.

Leave a legacy

A wildly popular lifetime achievement is to leave a legacy. As meager late teens and twenty somethings, leaving this planet with an empire of offsprings is decades away. Instead of thinking far beyond the stars of the future, a way to leave a legacy today is by developing a structured guide on how to be an optimal intern at your company. Creating a binder describing your job responsibilities, daily activities, and pending projects creates an invaluable resource that will be used for years to come. But don’t stop there. Be a proactive legacy and offer to train new interns and provide counsel even after your internship has come to a close. This shows that you sincerely care about the company and are passionately invested in its success. Now, that’s a legacy.

Thank you x 2

Hopefully you’ve made connections with not just your boss, but other influential cogs that make the company a well oiled machine. Instead of taking the relationship for what it was, shoot them an email a week before the end of your internship thanking them for their guidance and contribution to a fruitful internship experience and include your personal contact information. On the your last day, follow up with your initial thank you email with a hand written (yes, hand written) thank you note thanking them for their time and that you will be in touch and look forward to a long lasting relationship. Beware, this is not a mushy-gushy love letter to the one that got away. Keep the thank you letter concise, professional, yet meaningful.

Plan for the future

If your experience as an intern has sparked a being inside whose gut is certain this is the company you’re destined to work for, don’t assume your boss is a mind reader. Schedule a brief meeting with your boss and very politely and professionally let it be known that the internship has shaped your career aspirations and working for the company would be a dream come true. Don’t expect a job offer on the spot; this revelation is simply getting your foot in the door.

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3 Necessary Interview Questions

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You nailed your interview. Yes! It’s almost over and every question has been answered smoothly. Then the bomb hits.. “Do you have any questions?” Do you? This is a hard question to answer if there is nothing you’re really wondering about. Fortunately, Inc. published an article called 8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews with advice that will end your interview with a bang. We’ve picked 3 out of their 8 questions that apply to an internship interview.

What role will I fill?

So Cosmo is looking for a fashion intern. What does that even mean? While the name “Cosmo” shouts incredible fashion, the responsibilities of a fashion intern are ambiguous in the job title. You’re going to be a member of a larger team, filling a void if you will, and asking “who” your position is supposed to be ahead of time is quite impressive.

What would I be doing that makes your job easier?

The role of an intern is to lighten the company’s load. Therefore, it’s important to learn who will be leaning on you the heaviest. This may be a direct boss, or it may be an entire department. Asking this question gives you insight into your job responsibilities and what the team is hoping you can help them solve.

What are additional important skills I will need to do this job well?

The job description lists the essential skills. It’s up to you to ask what additional skills can help you succeed in the position. By asking this you’ll get a more well-rounded view of the kind of person they’re looking to hire and provide an opportune time to pitch your special skills.

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