Landing an internship can be challenging due to limited openings and tough competition. So bring your “A” game to make a lasting impression on the hiring team, especially if the company you interview with is your desired organization. Here’s how you can get started.
- Tap Into Your Network Cultivate existing connections. Who do you know in the industry that can give you advice or company insight? Ask members of your network to review your resume and cover letters.
- Request Strong Letters of Recommendation Talk to your professors and ask for recommendations. Make sure your professor knows your work ethic and can address specific projects/assignments you excelled on.
- Begin Your Search Early Start looking into internships well in advance! Most internships are posted months before the internship begins. The saying, “if you snooze, you lose,” is very much the case. Attend career fairs early in the game, even if you’re not ready for an internship until the following semester. Getting your name out there will only help you land an internship!
- Convey Your Interest Be clear when you communicate your desire to work within the organization. Concisely express the value you could bring, and what you expect to gain from the opportunity both personally and for the company. You can also convey your interest by attending career fairs and talking to the representatives from your desired organization. Get your foot in the door early by providing them with a resume or business card to help you stand out.
- Research the Companies You’re Interested In If attending a career fair or networking event, have your homework done beforehand. If you’re interested in a particular company, evaluate their social media presence, community presence, mission, company culture, etc. Be sure to explain the ways in which your skills relate to or benefit their mission. This will help you make a good impression and members of the organization will remember you.
- Audit Your Social Media Profiles Make sure your Linkedin information is current and error-free. Ensure privacy settings on other social media accounts are tight and/or nothing unsavory is associated with your accounts.
- Be Persistent Be sure to follow up after applying. If you land an interview, send a quick thank you note later on and reaffirm your interest in working for them.
- Identify Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) What sets you apart from the competition? Most interviewers will ask, “why should we hire you?”. Have a minute (or less) elevator pitch ready to go! Your sales pitch should highlight your strengths and what you can bring to the organization as an intern.
Society Insurance Internship Program
Cultivating the next crop of insurance professionals is one of the most important things we do at Society. We work side-by-side with interns to equip them with the skills they need to be successful in the industry. We offer internships across a variety of departments, including everything from client claims to underwriting.
Society internships are paid and can be taken for class credit. We offer both full-time summer internships and part-time internships during the school year. See our latest internship openings on our careers page or read about ‘Society Insurance Internships’ to learn how important landing an internship can be.