Have you decided to go down the internship route and don’t know where and how? We have prepared some tips for you.
Today we received an email from a lovely and very enthusiastic interpreter and translator who is currently studying for her Master’s degree and was interested in an internship. We are not running any placements programmes at the moment, but there are plenty of other agencies that offer this option.
Applying for an internship (just like applying for a job) can be a stressful time for anyone, especially if it’s their first time. Therefore, we have decided to write this post that can help many young graduates.
The first thing you need to decide is the area where you’d like to work in. Try to find an agency close to where you live, so you don’t have to commute long distances. If you are flexible about the place you live, find an agency first and then try to rent somewhere close.
- First of all, make sure you have a professional email address. Preferably it should be your first name and surname – either together (email@example.com), separated by “.”(firstname.lastname@example.org) or “_” (email@example.com)
- Prepare a good CV – make sure it looks clean and professional, with no spelling mistakes, outlining your relevant experience and achievements (ask someone else to have a look and give you their opinion).
- When applying, you might have two situations: you can apply online filling in a form or you email your CV together with a good cover letter emphasising your strengths, why you want to be an intern and how their agency will benefit from having you as part of their team.
- Make sure you personalise the cover letter and email. Most agencies that offer internships will have a contact name for applications. Use it!
- Don’t be afraid to follow up your application if you do not hear from them in a while. We all like applicants who are keen and enthusiastic.
- Prepare for the interview – make sure you have done a bit of research about the agency (they will probably ask you what you know about them). Be relaxed, show your interest and you’ll be fine!
Hope that helps. We would love to hear your thoughts on this!