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Internships Summer 2017: Top 5 Tips To Get That Intern Spot

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It is internship season in the summer of 2017! Once again, it is a choice between waiting tables or working for a company that is within your field of expertise or industry of study. It is a valuable time to get some good old fashion experience to add to your resume before graduation. And preparing for that internship requires a lot of necessary hard work.

Here are the top five tips on how to get a good internship in the summer of 2017:

Go visit the nearest career services center

Career services are there to help undergraduates land the perfect internships for the 2017 summer. They can also help land that permanent job for you. They are responsible for managing career fairs and can even offer advice when writing cover letters. Find out the schedules for job fairs, on-campus interviews and career fairs at your local career services center this February.

Write a killer cover letter

Employers want to know what you can do for them and not the other way around, as reported by The DA Online. Make sure to customize every letter to the specific job. Recruiters are looking for candidates who has skills that align with the job and company.

Watch this Forbes video for some tips on how to write a cover letter:

Make an epic resume

The resume should scream "Hire me!" This is important because recruiters only spend ten seconds or less for every resume. A tip would be, instead of writing "managing social media," write "managed Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts that increased traffic by 10 percent in three months" instead.

Be relevant and present online

Recruiters often search for candidates online. Make sure that the primary picture is updated and there are no questionable photos. Managing the profile information, photos and privacy settings help. Creating a LinkedIn account is also great. Social media can be used to feature your projects and portfolio, too.

Always have a resume and cover letter ready

You never know when an opportunity strikes during internship season for the summer, as reported by Pay Scale.

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