How to get an Internship at the Undergraduate Level?

Updated: Jul 8

In this post, I'll be sharing the steps to get an internship at the undergraduate level:

Before you begin the application process, the first step is to identify which area/function would you like to intern in. This decision should be taken keeping your longer objective in mind. After that, you can follow these steps:

  1. Looking for openings: There are various websites on which internship openings are listed, two of them are Internshala and Lets Intern.

  2. Applying the filters: If you want a work-from-home internship that should be paid and in a particular function, you'll have to apply these filters to shortlist the companies.

  3. Creating a database: List the shortlisted companies that you'd like to apply to. It should include the company names and their e-mail IDs, that you can find from their websites.

  4. Sending an e-mail: Send an e-mail (draft below) and attach your resume to show your interest in joining the firm. Clearly mention the role and your desire to work with them.



Draft E-mail:


Respected Sir/Ma'am,


This is in regards to (insert company's name)'s latest opening of (insert role) internship at (insert internship portal's name) [share the link of the opening in brackets]. Through the medium of this e-mail, I'd like to express my interest in joining your esteemed organization for (insert duration) months from (starting date) to (ending date) as a (insert position).


I chose to share my candidature over e-mail to emphasize upon the fact that I'm keen on learning (insert skills relevant to the internship) skills over the course of this internship. I have relevant experience of (insert duration) months at (insert company or club's name), where I handled projects of similar nature. Through the internship, I seek to hone my skills further.


(Insert company's name) is known for its (insert the competitive advantage of the company) in the market and as a/an (startup/established firm), it can provide me immense opportunities to learn and add value to my profile.


I'm attaching my resume (along with the cover letter in case of a research internship) for your kind perusal. I shall await for your response.


Hoping to hear from you soon.


Regards,

(Insert your name)

(Insert your college and year)

(Insert your contact and LinkedIn link)



Why you should apply via e-mail and not via any internship portal:

There are thousands of candidates who apply via these portals. Most companies that offer internships are in a hurry to hire the suitable candidates. If such candidates drop by an e-mail and are right in front of the HR, why wouldn't he/she accept their candidature as soon as possible?


I got 3/3 internships that I did during my first and second year through this process. It saves both your time as well as the HR's time and increases your chances of selection multi-fold.


Relevance of Internships


More than anything, internships help in gauging one's interest in a particular domain. Let's say you like marketing, you'd want to intern in a marketing organization to understand the work better before opting for a full-time job, which is often difficult to switch from.


If you're an MBA aspirant, then an internship can add a lot of value to your CV. But, if you don't have an internship right now, please don't worry, I would suggest you to read this post.

(This was a requested post, if you also have a query like this, drop me a message)


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