Internship Spotlight: Jennifer Adade

Keep these five things in mind, as they helped me a lot, and who knows...you could be landing your dream job with these tips too.

June 22, 2021 |

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Degree/Major: Master’s degree in Urban Planning

I landed an internship with a county found in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Keep these five things in mind, as they helped me a lot, and who knows...you could be landing your dream job with these tips too.

  • To create a path, you need to start walking. Don’t just sit and complain about not landing internships, start now by looking for internship opportunities: online, colleagues, friends, instructors, your faculty, career development center are all good sources for finding internship opportunities. I got my internship from my faculty.
  • Apply to as many internships as you can. Don’t get discouraged if you are not called, just keep applying, one will definitely work out. I applied to ten (10) of them in a week! Remember to edit your resume and cover letter to match the job description. I edited my resume & cover letter seven times.
  • Prepare for your interview ahead of time. The Career Development Center has pretty cool resources on interview techniques, how to write a resume or CV, draft cover letters, and guides you on how to answer some really tricky questions. And oh, I learned the simplest formulae in answering the “tell me about yourself question” from the career development page. Just click on the links below to access some of their helpful tips and resources:
  • You need strong references to serve as recommendations, they play a significant role in the hiring process. Use references who are familiar with your academic work and character, you need to establish a relationship with them. Make them aware before you use them anyway.
  • Finally, after the interview, send a “Thank you letter”, this is what I term my magical tool, Yes, “gratitude can turn denial into acceptance”. Give it a try!!!

I wish you good luck in your search for the right internship!!!

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