Applying for an internship can seem like a bewildering process. Aside from turning up at the office on your knees and begging for an internship, how do you go about applying for an internship?

Really, you should treat applying for an internship as if you are applying for a full-time job. That means no casual emails and no begging. Most people apply at least six months in advance of the internship.

Some internship programmers have yearlong waiting lists with literally hundreds of applications pouring in on a regular basis, so it’s really important that you take the time to craft a tip-top application. Once you’ve nailed your application technique, search for internships on our jobs board.

 

How to apply for an internship?

Internship applications come in all shapes and sizes. Some large companies might have internship application forms, which you’ll be required to fill out, while others simply provide an email address to which you should send your CV and cover letter. You might even be applying speculatively for an internship, or for one you’ve heard about through an acquaintance.

In all your applications, you should be thinking about the following:

- What can I offer the company?

- What are they looking for in an intern and how do I match that profile?

- Why do I want to work for this company?

Every application should showcase the skills and qualities that you feel will make you an asset to the company. Some companies specify the qualities that they are looking for in an intern, but, broadly speaking, most companies look for candidates with plenty of enthusiasm, who can work well without too much guidance and can adapt quickly to new challenges.

Online internship applications…

Some larger companies might require you to fill out an online application form. The key thing to remember is that these companies will have a staggering amount of internship applications. Avoid falling at the first hurdle by ensuring you answer each question fully (but concisely) and triple check your application for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

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