Let’s Talk About Internships

By now most of you have finished your first round of exams. Some of us (including me) may even be nearing the second round of exams. Luckily, we are also nearing March 18th. March 18th is a school holiday that was added to the academic calendar due to the absence of our spring break. I’m sure many of us are looking forward to having an extra day off.

This has been an extremely busy semester and because we are nearing the end of the spring semester, I assume that there are many students who are making plans for their summer break. Myself and many others that I have talked to are still on the lookout for internship opportunities. If you’ve been applying to internships over the past year, you may or may not be familiar with an email starting with “Thank you for your interest but….”. Unfortunately, you may be all too familiar with receiving an email like that. Even though it may be pretty disheartening to be turned down for an internship opportunity, the most important thing to remember is to keep trying. It’s very easy to lose motivation after seeing many opportunities fall through and decide that you gave it your best shot and will try again another time.

If you are currently in the process of applying for internships, or if you plan to start looking, it is always a good idea to do some research and read some tips about how to make your resume stand out. Your resume is probably the most important item you submit when you’re applying for internships because it will tell the company everything they need to know about you. Your resume tells them your skills, education status, and any previous work experience that may be relevant.

I always try to update my resume as often as I can. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for any important emails or newsletters that offer any resume advice. New Mexico Tech frequently sends out information for any Resume workshops being held. In fact, a couple of days ago I received an email from the school about the Sandia National Laboratories Resume Workshop and Review being held on March 30th and March 31st. All you have to do is upload your resume which will be reviewed by a Sandia National Labs Professional and they try to match you up with an NMT alumni in your academic area. This seems like a great opportunity to get some really good advice on how to update your resume!

I wish everyone who is internship hunting good luck!

~Vanessa

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