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 How to Land your Dream Summer Internship 

Megan Boone

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Looking to land your dream summer 2023 internship? Winter and early Spring Quarter are very common times for employers in healthcare and science to post their summer internship opportunities. Here are some tips and tricks on preparing your application materials, starting your internship search, and organizing your search:

How to Secure Your Internship Spot:

Before you start the process of searching for internships, prepare a master resume and cover letter. Most companies and organizations applications require a resume and cover letter to be sent through their system to identify if you are a strong fit for the role based on your background and experiences. Preparing and editing your resume and cover letter ahead of starting to actively apply for internships, will allow you to quickly edit and tailor your resume and cover letter to the specific internship you are applying to. Interested in developing a resume or cover letter or receive feedback on your documents? Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor or Ambassador on Handshake.

Once you’ve prepared your documents and are ready to start actively searching for internships, be mindful of a couple of trends. First, instead of searching for specific internships by keyword, consider starting your search by filtering internships by identifying the location where you ideally would like to intern. This will allow you to explore all companies hiring interns by location rather than subject. It’s important to start your search broadly to chase the demand and then you can narrow down your search based on your interests. Next, make sure you are aware of when the internship was posted. Tailoring your documents and going through the application process can be tedious and time consuming. Making sure that you are applying to recent postings can ensure that your application will be received and be involved in the company’s hiring process. 

Finally, when you have applied for several internships, it’s encouraged that you maintain organization. Often, it can be difficult to keep track of how many applications you’ve submitted, what companies you applied to, what dates you applied, etc. Keeping track of all of these items and more in a spreadsheet or document will allow you to stay organized and establish a timeline for when you may want to follow up with an employer. Check out our Organizing your Internship and Job Search handout to visually see an example on what your spreadsheet could look like. 

Attend our Internship Panel:

Interested in learning more about summer internships?

How I Got This Internship Panel. This virtual event hosted by the Health Care and Science team in the Career Center on Wednesday, January 25th, 4:00-5:00 pm will highlight five current DePaul students as panelists that have either completed or are currently interning across Chicagoland organizations. Panelists will share their experiences applying for internships, their responsibilities, how their internship prepared them for their future career aspirations, and more. To learn more and register for the event, check out the event page on Handshake.

Apply for one of DePaul’s Summer Research Internships: 

Curious about the Internships DePaul has to offer?

DePaul’s College of Science and Health Dean Undergraduate Fellowship. This 10-week paid summer research internship program allows current DePaul undergraduate students to participate in research projects at sites across the Chicagoland area. Interested in applying? Check out Handshake’s job/internship board for the specific sites applications, deadline is February 15, 2023

DePaul/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Summer Research Program. This paid summer biomedical sciences research program is located on the Rosalind Franklin campus and is for current DePaul undergraduate students interested in research in areas focused on virology, microbiology, neuroscience, etc. Interested in learning more? Check out Handshake for the application and more information, the deadline to apply is January 20, 2023.

Looking to continue the conversation on summer internships? That’s exactly where we come in. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s never too early (or too late) to utilize our services. Book an appointment with Megan, or another member of the advising community through Handshake, or by calling the Front Desk at (773) 325-741.

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