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Advice from America’s Coolest Internships

ScottradeScottrade was mentioned in Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s Coolest Internship programs.

Although the financial sector continues to evolve since the economic crisis, the tips from recruiter Amy Meister on the Scottrade website for college students who want to get into good summer internships, are still valid.

Tips for landing one of their competitive internships:

Use all of your resources to find great internships.

Take advantage of the career counselors, advisors and upperclassmen on your college or university campus.  You would be amazed at how much you can learn from them about which internships students really enjoyed.

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 beyond 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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