Have you ever been to a job interview and felt wholly unprepared? Ever stood in front of your speech 101 class and forgot all the info you so carefully memorized the week, or let’s be honest, the night before?
If you’re reading this right now, you probably don’t want this happening to you at the internship fair this week. Luckily, I’m here to give you some tips on the best (and worst) things to do to prepare for the internship fair 👍
DO: Research the employers
Nothing is worse than telling someone you want to work for them and then having no idea what they actually do. We actually have a list of all the employers that will be in attendance at the fair. You don’t need to know every single thing about a company/organization but some important things to research or ask:
- What are the main responsibilities of the intern?
- What are the products and services they offer?
- What positions do they have open for students and/or recent grads?
DON’T: Show up in casual clothing or without resumes
We suggest business casual clothing for the internship fair to show you can dress more professionally than the average student. So no gym clothes or holes in your jeans but a nice shirt and pants will do.
Your resume should be as updated as possible and make sure to print out enough copies for all the employers you plan on talking to and even a few extra. It’s better to have too many than not enough and miss out on a networking opportunity.
DO: Practice your “Elevator Pitch” and handshake
Your handshake is the first form of nonverbal communication between you and a potential employer. Make sure to shake their hand in a confident and firm manner and also practice making eye contact while doing so.
If you haven’t heard of it before, an elevator or 30-second pitch is where you quickly and concisely introduce yourself in a professional setting. The main three components of the speech are:
- Who are you? -Your name and educational background like what you’re currently studying here at Emerson
- What skills do you have? -Try to tailor prior experiences to the internship you want or if you have little prior experience, explain what you hope to gain from the internship
- What are your goals? -Explain why you want this internship/what you hope to gain from it.
You can also check Careerbuzz’s Resources tab for an example elevator pitch.
I’m also available for appointments or walk-ins for other career development needs such as Resume and Cover Letter Reviews on Tuesdays from 9:00AM-4:30PM and Fridays from 9:00AM-3:30PM. Schedule an appointment with me here! (hyperlink appointment schedule link in word here)
Good Luck and I hope to see you at the Internship Fair on Thursday, October 5th from 12:30PM-3:30PM at the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym at 150 Boylston St.!