Here are 3 things you absolutely need to do when applying for internships. X
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When applying for an internship, there are a few very simple things we should know that we could classify as common sense. But because what is common to each of us is different, here are 3 key things that are necessary to practice when applying for an internship:
The 1st thing: You need to know what the company does.
'Sales' or 'Music' isn't enough - you have to know what the company is selling, what kind of music the company makes. And if you don't know exactly what the company does, how do you know what you will actually learn in your internship? Not being thorough in your research indicates that you don't actually care what you learn.
The 2nd thing: You need to convey what you like about the company.
Everyone can say they're smart and have initiative but when you can explicitly convey what you love about what the company does - you're showing how smart you are and how much initiative you have. If it's a magazine, what's your favourite column? If the company sells products, what do you like about them and why?
The 3rd thing: You need to have manners.
Don't WhatsApp or text someone in the middle of the night asking for an internship. And If you're sending applications to numerous companies, make sure you check that you've changed the name of the person and of the company, and then double check again before you click send. Imagine how you'd feel if you were John from Malaysia and someone called you Kevin from Singapore? And in a text conversation, use full and proper sentences, remember to say your please and thank yous.
This isn't just about making a good impression, this is an attitude that is a reflection of your tenacity and work ethic as a human being. It applies not just for internships, but part time jobs or any kind of job.
Psychologist William James said, "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does". So go make a difference and be happy, always!