How To Ask for an Internship
Network. Ask. Follow-up.
Create a list of companies you would like to work for. Make sure the companies you choose can provide you with a valuable internship experience and meaningful assignments during the time you are there. You can search for companies that are offering virtual internships, volunteer with a local business, or reach out to past employers. You also want to be mindful of the opportunities that you will have to network within the company and grow your contacts. This will be crucial when you are job searching in the future. If you have no companies in mind, or do not want to commute to work, consider taking on small freelance projects for family friends, neighbors, professors or other students( seeing as everyone is entrepreneurial these days). You can work on your time and still gain valuable experience to boost your resume and grow your portfolio.
Winter internship aren't as common, because they are much shorter than the traditional summer programs. However, this is the perfect time to test out a new industry or expand your skills. Don't be afraid to ask for an internship. Many business owners would love the help, but just don't have the time to find the help. Position yourself as eager to learn. Send an email to the person who would be responsible for supervising you in November. This will give them enough time to consider your offer and accommodate you. Call to follow-up and make sure you are selling your skills and the value you can bring to the team or business. Here are some templates to get you started.
Email Template to Previous Internship Employer
Hello [Past manager],
I hope this email finds you well. Since interning with the company, I have learned x,y,z and feel that I am better prepared to __________. [Show how the internship was valuable to you.] I wanted to reach out to you and offer my assistance during winter break. I would really love to work with you again and continue learning more about the _____ [industry]. Can we set up a time to talk about this further next week? I look forward to hearing from you. [/zilla_alert]
Email Template for Student Seeking Volunteer Experience
I admire x,y,z about your company and would like to quickly introduce myself. I currently attend____[school] studying_________[major and interests]. Would you consider allowing me to donate some of my time to your ______[department] efforts during the busy holiday season? I have developed _______ skills and would like to strengthen them over the next few weeks while I am on winter break. I would be honored to asist your team and am confident that I can add value while developing new skills. Are you available to discuss the possibilities and my qualifications when your time permits? I look forward to hearing from you. [/zilla_alert]
Once the time is set, come prepared to talk about some assignments and tasks you can assist with, the exact time frame and hours that you plan on working and how soon you can start. Solidifying as many details as possible beforehand will avoid you doing miscellaneous tasks and overwhelming your gracious internship host. After you land the internship, make sure you rock it.