Recap: Resume and Interview Advice for the Summer Internship Application Season
At this week’s PRSSA meeting, COM professor Jo O’Connor gave members helpful advice
on applying for summer internships with a resume and interview workshop. Professor O’Connor runs PR Lab, Boston University’s student-run PR firm that allows PR students to work with real-world clients. Students can take PR lab as many times as they want to add experience on their resumes.
Professor O’Connor focused on resume details. Some tips include:
- Don’t put down CAS concentrations unless it’s related to what you want to do, but always put down minors.
- Don’t put down the courses you’ve taken – those are implied. Even if you’re applying for internships, you want to look more like a professional than a student.
- Quantify your successes. “Assisted in planning events” should be replaced by something like “Coordinated logistics including seating charts and invitation design for an event with over 700 guests.”
- Replace “related experience” with “professional experience.”
- Always have a “volunteer” section. You should also have an “interests” section on the bottom of your resume to break the ice during the interview.
O’Connor also provided useful advice for interviews:
- It’s best to 5-10 minutes early. Surprisingly, it’s better to be 5 minutes late than 20 minutes early, because your interviewer will feel rushed and be put in a bad mood before he or she even meets you. However, if you know that you’re going to be late, call at least 25 minutes ahead of time.
- Bring 3 copies of your resume, a business card, a portfolio, a pad, and a pen.
- At the end of the interview, always ask questions. Example: “What do you like most about working here?”
- Take notes during phone interviews so you can write a strong follow-up e-mail.
- During Skype or Google+ interviews, be in a room with no echo and dress professionally.
Keep an eye out for summer internship opportunities that will be posted weekly on the site, and good luck!