When applying for an internship, you should be prepared with the following:
- Cover Letter
- Current Resume
- Writing Sample (and GIS map sample, if applicable)
- LinkedIn profile
- 2-3 References
It's important to keep in mind that the cover letter is the first opportunity for a potential employer to learn about you, as well as exhibit your writing ability. Effective cover letters convey a sense of purpose, enthusiasm for the position, and demonstrate your knowledge of the employer's goals and needs. A positive first impression requires that your cover letter be concise and contain zero errors in spelling or grammar. Your cover letter should be customized to fit the position for which you are applying.
Sample Cover Letter
This should include:
1) Your educational background, including your area(s) of concentration and relevant coursework.
2) Any significant experiences, including your work experience, volunteer experience (internships,
community service), and campus leadership.
- List your responsibilities for each position.
- Include scope of responsibilities, such as "Developed GIS maps on environmental degradation occurring over time" or "Collected and analyzed water quality samples from the San Marcos River"
3) Honors/Activities/Leadership that highlights skills most pertinent to your internship/career goal.
For help with your resume, Tori Graham in Career Services is a wonderful resource for Geography students. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing / Map Sample
While it is not always required to supply with your application, it is helpful to have these items on hand in an interview. Unless specified, choose a writing sample that demonstrates your best work, including relevant material. Writing samples should be between 4 to 8 pages. If you are a GIS major, be sure to take examples of maps you have created.
95% of recruiters are reported to use LinkedIn to search for candidates. There are more than 660 million LinkedIn users worldwide. Developing your LinkedIn Profile is a great way to share information about your job skills with many people without you needing to send the information to them. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your professional marketing brochure. Keywords relevant to your career interests are particularly important because some organizations use algorithms to search for appropriate candidates.
Your references should be informed in advance, and chosen from your academic, and if applicable, professional experience. The reference sheet should include the following: name, title, organization, phone number and email address. Do not include this information on your resume