How To Guide: Getting Your Dream Internship

Saturday, 9 November 2013


Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having a fab weekend, I'm spending mine relaxing and catching up with everything after last weekend's disaster! This has been probably one of my most requested posts to date, since I started my internship I've been getting so many questions about the application process and how I did it, so I thought I would put up a little 'how to guide' on how to get your dream internship. Doing an internship was a compulsory part of my degree, but for a lot of people it is optional. If you have the opportunity to do an internship I strongly reccomend that you take it, these days everyone has a degree but most candidates are lacking experience, so your internship will make you stand out from the crowd. 

For those of you who don't know, in May I started a year long internship at The Walt Disney Company in digital marketing, so I've been through the application process and feel that I have a bit of knowledge I can share on the subject. 

The first thing I would recommend doing is start looking early. Your more likely to find your perfect internship if you know whats out there and apply early. It really is true that the early bird catches the worm, I started looking for my internship during the summer after my first year of University. Applications for my year weren't open yet but it's good to get an idea of which companies are offering internships and what skills they are looking for so you have time to build on these skills and work on your CV. This leads onto my second tip, know where to look. The internet is your best friend when it comes to this, websites such as Rate My Placement are brilliant as many large companies advertise internships there and you can also see what other students thought of their internship with the company you are applying for, so you can get more of an idea if the company is right for you or not. Social media is also a great way of finding internships. If there is a particular sector that you are interested in working for, follow key brands on twitter. Not only will this help you keep up with industry news which will be important at the interview stage, but a lot of companies post internship ads on twitter now. Also, make sure that you are on LinkedIn. A lot of companies post jobs on linked in which can be found by doing a simple search, and more and more companies are posting jobs only on linked in as they only want candidates who are up to date with digital media, etc. 

One of the most important steps is do your research. If your looking for an internship, you need to make sure you know what skills are required to work in your chosen industry and doing this type of research early will enable you to aquire these skills or practice some which you may have not been using recently. Also, you need to make sure you are right for the company and that they are right for you, you will be spending a large percentage of your time working so there is no point going somewhere you wont be happy and that you wont be able to gain the most from your internship. For example, do you want to work at a large company, a small company or an agency, these are all important decisions if you want to get your dream internship which need a lot of consideration. Knowing the company is also very important, at interview you will be expected to know the company and any current affairs which may be affecting the company, if you don't know about the company you will seem uninterested which is never good. 

Another important step to consider at interview is knowing your strengths and being able to back them up. If you know your strengths it will allow you to focus on them during interview but you need to be able to back everything up. There is no point saying 'I'm organised and brilliant at time keeping' if you don't have an example of when you've done this. Without examples, all employers have is your word to go against and trust me, everyone will be mentioning similar skills, so your examples will make you stand out more. 

And lastly, brush up on your skills. In most internships you will be expected to use Excel, Powerpoint, etc on a daily basis and many students have been turned down at interviews as they didn't have these skills. It's important that you know how to use them and there are plenty of online guides and youtube tutorials on this which will help you in your day to day work. There may be other skills which need practice too, for example, in my work I have to use Photoshop daily and this was not a skills which I had prior to starting my internship, but I've managed to pick it up by researching and watching YouTube tutorials meaning that the work I produce is better quality. 

So there you have it, a few of my tips to finding your dream internship. I can't stress enough how important it is to research the company to make sure its right for you and it's what you wanted to do but I could go on for days giving advice on getting an internship and this post is already quite long! I'd love to know if you found these tips helpful or if you would like to see more posts like this, as it's different to my usual posts so let me know in the comments below! 





12 comments:

  1. Great post and so informative. Congrats on your Internship :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Thankyou, I wish someone would have told me everything before I started applying, it would have saved me a lot of stress! xx

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  2. This is such a useful post!you made points that I hadn't even considered!so interesting!well done on getting such an awesome internship!:)

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    1. Thankyou! I thought I would share as I wish I'd have been more informed before I started applying! xx

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  3. Great post! Your tips are super usefull since I should start looking for my internship soon!

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    1. Thankyou! And good luck applying for your internship, it will definitely be the best year of uni! xx

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  4. Such a usefull post I realy enjoyed this! Your internship sounds fab well done lovely!! xx

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  5. Great advice, thanks lovely! Plus congratulations on your internship, that sounds amazing!
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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    1. Thankyou :) Hopefully I will have helped a few people who are starting to look for internships! xx

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