Making Contact and Interviewing
This course covers a variety of topics that will prepare you for finding and applying to internships in addition to being successful during and after the experience. During this self-paced course students will review information on:
- Finding an Internship
- Crafting Your Application
- Interviewing for an Internship
- What to do at Your Internship
- Best Practices After Your Internship
Writing A Resume: At times it can be tempting to create a resume using a convenient template such as those you will find in Microsoft Word, in job search books, and on job search websites. These templates, while easy to use, restrict your ability to customize your content, format your resume and make future edits. They are designed to be “one size fits all” formats, and one size rarely fits all very well. ASU’s Career Services offers excellent resources for preparing a resume.
For some great information regarding Internship Resume Examples and how to format your resume, check out the resources found on ResumeBuilder.com.
Updating a Resume: Get invaluable feedback on your resume or cover letter from the Career and Professional Development team at ASU. Make sure your resume is in a professional format and content is both current and relevant for each internship you are applying for. For resume review, utilize ASU Career Services Resume Dropbox resource.
Career and Professional Development Services is now offering virtual drop-in career support. These live, virtual services are available to all students and alumni and provides immediate access to staff expertise and advising without the need to schedule or wait for an appointment. Visit bit.ly/21dropin to see available dates and times.
Connect with an ASU career advisor in-person or in virtual appointments. We understand that Sun Devils live and study all around the world. To accommodate your career development needs, we offer a variety of ways for you to connect with an advisor regardless of where you are located.
Virtual Appointments: ASU career advisors are able to speak with you over the phone or through video technology.
In-Person Appointments: These services are available at ASU’s Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West campus locations.
Professional Career Advising by Appointment: Meet one-on-one with a professional career advisor at a time convenient for you.
Career Peer Advising: Career peers are current ASU students trained and equipped with the background and knowledge to help you identify the best career resources, respond to your questions about using Handshake and help you polish your resume.
To request an appointment (either virtual or in-person), please log into your Handshake account and select ‘Request a Counseling Appointment.’
A job interview is your opportunity to show you are the best candidate for the position. Prepare for your next interview by following a few key principles:
Prepare: In your initial preparation, focus on crafting your career story. Review your accomplishments so you can articulate your qualifications effectively. Make sure you focus and reflect on your career competencies.
Research: Go beyond researching the basics of an organization on their website. Follow them on LinkedIn to find recent initiatives by the organization and their target markets.
Practice: Answer sample interview questions out loud to improve your answers. Practice makes perfect! Now it’s easy to practice your interviewing skills from anywhere at any time using ASU's InterviewStream. Simply create an account with your ASU email address and access interviews tailored just for you. Build your interview confidence by recording and reviewing your answers to common interview questions. When you are ready, you can even submit your recorded responses to our career team for valuable feedback.
Be Yourself: An interview is simply a professional conversation. Your skills and qualifications will come across effectively if you are prepared to have a natural conversation.
Dress for Success: Make sure what you are wearing is something that is comfortable and makes you feel confident. As a general rule, stick to black, gray or navy suites, pants or skirts that are a solid color or have a very subtle pattern. For additional information on what to wear, review the Dressing for Success handout.
Follow-up: Always send a short, well-written thank you email within 24 hours of the interview. Your note should simply thank the employer and mention how you are looking forward to joining the team.