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.