This blog has been the hardest to write for me by far. In part, the challenge stems from trying to sum up months worth of experiences is just a few paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship here with Experience Inc. In the past few days, I have been preparing myself for my departure, all of the while brainstorming a blog that I could go out on. Well here goes…
My internship at Experience has taught me more than I could have imagined. As the Social Media/Web 2.0 Marketing Intern, I feel my duties were diverse, and ever-changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past months, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned.
What I’ve Learned:
- I’m not alone: Coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. Thanks to my I know that if I continue to work hard things will fall into place.
- To keep writing: This was huge for me. I have always enjoyed writing, and always felt that I was pretty good at it. Yet, what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the writing skills I thought I had. Writing takes practice and I simply was not practicing enough. Writing for the web and writing your average research paper could not be more different. I had to learn to adapt a new tone with my writing, something that took a little getting used to. This position kept me writing something new everyday, and I can say that my writing has improved drastically.
- How to behave in the office: This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment here at Experience is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork, and how people can come together to get things done. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to use my inside voice, I feel I’ve adapted to the office life relatively well.
- How to build my resume: Like I said, this internship has improved my skills a ton, both off paper and on paper. I didn’t realize it all of this time, but this position served not only as a positive learning experience, but a resume builder as well. I came into this with a resume that was basically naked, now I am leaving and I have lots of updating to do. My resume doesn’t need a makeover, it needs to be restarted from scratch, and that’s a good thing! I underestimated how much work I did that actually translates to my resume.
As I leave, I want to thank anyone who has been reading my blogs, and I’d also like to thank everyone here at Experience who has helped me out. This has truly been a great learning experience and I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand here. As far as your internship goes, remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions. Always ask questions. Hopefully you come away from your internship with as much as I did. Thanks everyone, and enjoy your summer!
Essay or motivation letter gives you a chance to express your desire to work as an intern for specific company, school, or university. It’s a perfect opportunity to give an employer a brief insight into applicant’s personality because it has more depth than application form and CV. In fact, well-crafted essay can separate you from other applicants, intrigue the internship provider and increase your chances of getting that position.
Although a wide array of internship applications requires an essay submission, others require it upon the completion of the internship. In the latter case, your aim is to compose an internship report to reflect your time as an intern, evaluate advantages, and analyze its effect on personal, professional, and academic aspects of your life.
The most common personal statement topics for internships include:
- Please explain how participating in our internship program fits your academic and/or career goals
- What skills, knowledge, classes you have taken or what experience you have that would make you a perfect candidate for this program
- Provide an example of at least one situation wherein the end was a success because you took an initiative to solve the problem
In most cases, internship essays revolve around elaborating reasons that make you a good candidate for that program.
Internship essay tips
Personal statements for internships don’t differ too much from other application essays. Your primary goal is to show what makes you competent for that program while informing the employer about your work ethics, achievements, and other useful information. Below, you can see useful tips to compose internship essay.
Start off your essay with attention-grabbing first sentence or a paragraph. Always bear in mind the introduction should intrigue the reader and make him or her want to read more without feeling forced to do so. After all, that same person is likely to read a lot of other essays and making yours stand out from the very beginning is always useful. For example, if you’re applying for a teaching internship then start off by pointing out your experience when you had a teaching role.
Make sure you conclude the first paragraph (introduction) with a clear and strong thesis statement. It’s important because the thesis statement guides direction of the rest of your essay. That’s why it should be focused on the internship program you are applying for. Let’s say you’re about to apply for a veterinary internship, in this case your thesis statement should read: “Due to my volunteer experience working with animals and strong desire to care for animal welfare, I have developed compassion and attention to detail. This internship program will help me develop these important skills even further.”
Instead of focusing only on advantages you will get with that internship, write a few sentences about things you “bring to the table”. Describe what makes you a good asset to that company, university, school etc.
Most applicants make a mistake by restating skills mentioned in CV and application form. While it’s recommended to discuss your skills in the essay, you should elaborate them in order to demonstrate your true potential.
Regardless of type of internship, full-time or part time, paid or unpaid, you should still use the essay to prove you will treat the internship like a job and do your best to perform your tasks, learn more, and finish the program successfully. It is important to show that internship is a serious and professional opportunity to kick-start your career and achieve academic success.
Ideally, you should avoid clichés or stating the obvious. Instead of claiming you are applying to gain more experience, you should go into detail and mention specific set of skills you would like to develop during internship.
Always stick to guidelines; most internship providers or employers have clear instructions when it comes to essays and your job is to follow them. They have specific font requirements, spacing, margins, and word counts. Compose your essay in the way it will meet the word count and make sure you don’t go overboard. If the word count isn’t stated, then writing 400 – 500 is enough.
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