Internships are often unpaid positions that last for a set amount of time -- a semester, a quarter or the entire summer, for instance. The interview process is the most important part of securing the internship.

1.Review the job description for the internship. You must fully understand what your potential employer expects you to accomplish during the course of your internship.

2.Obtain as much information about the interview as you can. Contact the person who called or emailed you to set up the interview, if necessary. Ask the person to identify the parties who will interview you, the interview length and whether you need to bring a writing sample with you.

3.Identify the classes you have taken and jobs you have held that are most relevant to the position. Additionally, identify the previous jobs you have held that you feel are most relevant.

4.Review the resume that you submitted to make sure that it lists the most relevant jobs and coursework that you thought of. Because you are approaching the interview stage, you likely submitted your resume to secure the interview.

5.Prepare professional attire and appearance. Men should wear a suit and tie of conservative colors and fabric. Women should wear a two-piece, matched suit. Pantsuits and skirts are acceptable. Skirts should cover your thighs when you are seated.

6.Prepare answers for common interview questions, such as "Why do you want to work for us?" and "Tell me about yourself?" Although you cannot predict every question that you will be asked, preparing answers to these common questions helps you memorize the most relevant answers. You are likely to be asked about previous jobs, relevant classes and personal characteristics that make you a good fit.

7.Practice answering interview questions with a friend, a coworker or a family member. Doing so will ease nervousness on the interview day.