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Advice from America’s Coolest Internships

Although the financial sector has changed a lot since then, the tips from recruiter Amy Meister on the Scottrade website for college students who want to get into good internship programs are still valid.

Tips For Landing an Internship from Scottrade:

Use all of your resources to find a great internship.
Take advantage of the career counselors and advisors and upperclassmen at your college or university.
Practice professional job seeking skills.
Take your internship search seriously as if you were looking for a full-time job.

Show an interest in the company.
Personalize your cover letter, do some research about the company and point out any prior experiences that relate to the company.

First impressions are important.
The interview is your place to shine. Project a professional image with your clothing, manners and enthusiasm.

Make your experience relate.
In your resume, include part-time jobs, volunteer work, fundraising and charitable activities, athletics and even school-related projects that may align with the internship you are seeking.

Think outside the semester.
Let the internship recruiter know that your goal is to work with that company beyond your internship.

Follow-up after the interview.
Send a thank-you letter by mail or e-mail.
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