Landing That Summer Internship

January 25, 2019
6 min read

Emily Weiss Consulting is a niche career services consulting firm specializing in high-school students, college students, and recent graduates seeking internships and entry level positions. Weiss delivers customized service, advising on all aspects of career development, including resume and cover letter writing, identifying and pursuing job opportunities, professional network building, interview preparation, and follow-up protocol. Founder Emily Weiss’s background in recruiting, marketing, public relations, and advertising enables her to build her clients’ personal brands and help them showcase their skills and strengths to potential hiring managers.

Weiss is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She knows how to ask the right questions to elicit the information needed to promote candidates in unique ways that they may not have considered.

With a team of diverse experts spanning the areas of recruiting, marketing, professional writing and editing, and graphic design, Emily Weiss Consulting has secured internships and professional positions for clients in finance, real estate, marketing, sports management, health care administration, law, graphic design, tv and film production, scientific research, tech start-ups, tele-communications, non-profits, and social media. Clients have also used resume and coaching services to secure international community service internships and highly selective academic and performing arts summer programs.

Weiss serves clients around the United States and delivers resume building and self-marketing presentations at high-schools, universities, and non-profit organizations.

  • Clients have secured internships and employment in the following fields:
    Real Estate
    Sports Management
    Health Care
    Graphic Design
    Television and Film
    Scientific Research
    Tech Start-Up
    Social Media

Blue-prynt had the chance to speak with Weiss to get exclusive advice on landing that summer internship. Heed her advice and you should be set.

Is there a “right age” for when students should look to get their first internship? If so, what is it?

In this day and age, high school students are now securing internships, so I recommend that students start creating a resume after 8th grade as your summer experiences in between 8th grade and 9th grade can go on your resume. Items to add are volunteer experience, summer coursework, paid jobs, internships, shadowing experiences

Which are more valuable — summer internships or internships during the school year? Why?

A solid internship where you learn valuable professional skills earns a highly showcased space on my resumes. I value short and long internships and those that take place during the  summer, school year or during breaks. I am most interested in quality and relevance to the field in which you are applying to next.

Do different fields have different internship experiences? Do different fields offer different kinds of internship programs that the age and time frame would differ depending?

Internships are the most effective way for students to gain experience before graduation.  The internship can vary in time of year, length of time, industry, paid vs. unpaid, credit vs. no-credit, and location. All internships share one common objective and that is to create a learning environment for the student.  These experiences can be evaluated by the student to determine whether this is the direction they would like to take their career.  It also gives the employer the opportunity to determine if the student is a viable candidate for future employment. And hopefully during the internship, the student can make a positive impact through their work performance.

Internship programs are also classified by industry and will correspond to the level of expertise of the student and offerings by the employers.  There are thousands of possibilities, some in more common disciplines than others.  The offering of an internship is new in certain fields, whereby in some majors, such as finance & accounting, internships have been the norm for many years and often built into the curriculum within a university.

How should students go about the internship search?

Finding an internship is all about throwing everything up against the wall and seeing what sticks. It is multi-faceted effort that should include: applying on general and niche career sites, your college career site, networking with personal and professional connections, speaking with career center and professors, and reaching out to alumni from your high school and college that are working in the industry you are pursuing. Always remember to research the companies and people you are considering meeting. A thorough search can help you evaluate their integrity and can help reinforce why you would like to set up a meetings or bring to light information that may deter you.

What is your biggest advice for students looking to land internships?

Clean up your social media! To me, there is no such thing as private. Assume that hiring managers will find you and scour your social media. If there is something that is not professional, delete it! Say to yourself, “would I show this picture or this comment during an interview?” Make sure you approve all photos you are tagged in — you do not want any surprises!

What is one things students shouldn’t do when looking for internships?

Don’t just apply to any and every internship randomly. Have a focus and apply to relevant internships and read the descriptions carefully and make sure you meet the requirements and skills  needed for the job.

How can you guarantee landing a summer internship? What happens if you cannot get one?

If for some reason a student is unable to land an internship. Be creative, think outside of the box. You can reach out to a reputable non-profit and offer your skills in the area that you hope to learn about and see if they can create a spot for you. Or reach out to a professor and see if they are doing any research that you can assist with in an area that you would like to learn more about.

Any other advice for students looking for internships?

Generic resumes are powerless. They are just list of tasks form your work history. Resumes should be designed to showcase the skills that are relevant to the jobs you are applying for. A hiring manager should be able to figure you out in ten seconds or less. I highly recommend highlight sections that showcase the skills you have that relate to the job. But don’t use fluff words like detail oriented, or team player. They should solid skills, for example… Data Analyzation, Social Content Creation, Calendar Management, Technical Support, Public Speaking. Highlight sections can also include relevant coursework and group class projects that relate to the job.

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