How to Get an Internship

If you want to break into an industry, any industry, the best strategy is to be born into a family that owns a business in that field. The next best thing is to get an internship.

You will need

  • Computer
  • Phone
  • Unflagging tenacity

Step 1 Choose field Pick a field to intern in. Choose something that’s exciting to you. You don’t have to know a lot about the field—that’s what the internship is for—you just need a genuine enthusiasm for learning more about it.

Step 2 Update resume Update your resume. Include any work experience or academic study related to the field you want to intern in.

Step 3 Talk to internship coordinator If you go to a school with an internship coordinator, see if he or she can advise you on your area of interest.

Step 4 Tell everyone you're looking Tell everyone—friends, family, neighbors, dentists, flight attendants—that you’re looking for an internship. You never know who knows whom.

Step 5 Send emails Send an email to all the reputable companies in your field, even if they don’t officially offer internships. People will respond to enthusiastic inquiries.

Step 6 Book interviews Book as many interviews as you can.

Step 7 Send note or email Send a thank-you note or email after all your interviews.

Step 8 Be enthusiastic & work hard When you get the internship, be enthusiastic and work hard. Remember, the people you’re working for could give you a real job next year. And besides, everyone hates a lazy intern.