It’s not too early to start making plans! It may only be the beginning of November, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about what you’ll be doing next summer. Students often put off making summer plans until after winter break, but many organizations begin confirming internship placements in January.
If you are thinking about interning in Washington, DC or elsewhere, use your time during the next few months wisely – this will ensure that you don’t miss any opportunities!
Research: This is a great time to research organizations that you are interested in. Create a list of organizations with information on deadlines and application instructions. This will help you stay on track with submitting your materials.
Resume: Build or update your resume. Ask multiple people to proof it. Career Centers at universities are great resources for formatting tips. Additionally, ask advisors, mentors and past supervisors to review your resume. It is ideal to have someone working in your perspective industry review your resume and offer suggestions.
Letter of Recommendation: Some organizations or internship programs will require a letter of recommendation from a professor and/or a past supervisor. Provide your recommender the specifics on the program or organization to which you are applying. This information will help him or her write a more targeted letter. Be sure to give your recommender as much notice as possible, and provide clear instructions for how the letter should be submitted.
It’s important to not wait until March to begin thinking about your summer plans. Now is the time to do your research and talk to parents/guardians and advisors about options.
If spending a summer in Washington, DC is of interest to you, consider applying for the 2011 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs! The early application deadline is December 3. Students applying for this deadline will receive priority scholarship consideration, internship placement and a 5% tuition discount. More information may be found at www.DCinternships.org. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.986.0384.