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What is the best way to get an internship?

I understand internships often lead to great careers. However, I also understand landing an internship isn't the easiest thing in the world. How should I 'stand out' as a student looking for an internship, compared to other students (or even graduates) looking for an internship?
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Jessi’s Answer

I think the best way to stand out during an interview for an internship is to have real-experience and "stories" to talk about when asked questions. The best way to gain these experiences is to get involved in an organization you're passionate about and eventually hold a leadership position. That way, the interviewer can see how you progressed through the organization and it will give you real situations to discuss with them. You don't have to be involved in a million different things, but find an organization you love and can improve and make a difference in while you're a part of it. Also, be able to hold a conversation and come prepared with questions to ask them!
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Jonny’s Answer

There are a variety of paths towards accepting a great internship role. Employers and companies want to see if you're passionate and intentional about working within a specific group or practice at the firm. From a recruitment standpoint, I suggest networking with employees from the company through on-campus events or even reaching out through LinkedIn for a quick phone call. In order to stand out from other students, I recommend getting involved on campus in organizations that you are truly passionate about. As you progress throughout your college career, don't be afraid to take on leadership roles in your extracurricular activities. Lastly, develop strong friendships with your classmates and relationships with your professors. They are there to help you along your career path and can give great advice on what to do specifically in order to achieve your goals.
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Gina’s Answer

Hello-- Here are a few suggestions and be sure to start your search earlier than you planned:

Identify your career interests--( Decide what you want to do, but don't worry about being overly specific)
Network
Check online resources
Attend career fairs
Contact Employers you're interested in working for and contact them directly
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Susan’s Answer

For some internships your current GPA really matters. Make sure you conduct yourself well in the interview process. Be prepared. Research types of interview questions you might be asked and practice with friends on how to interview. Research the company and have questions prepared. Your resume should include your experience but in a way that relates to a career. For example. If you are a leader of a club or team-how does that experience relate to teamwork, leadership, etc.
Keep an open mind for type of work and pay to get the "real world" experience. You will not be doing the work of more experienced full time employee but treat everything as a learning experience.
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