There are three key ingredients to getting a good internship 1) finding opportunities, 2) Networking, and 3) Nailing the application.
- Life Sciences Advisement Center: https://lsinterns.byu.edu/
- Handshake: http://handshake.byu.edu/
- URIC: https://uric.byu.edu/
- BYU Career Services: https://careers.byu.edu/tools-for-your-job-search
When it comes to working you want to someone at a company who has high decision power and someone who you can know very well. Having a strong advocate at a company goes much further than having a strong resume.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/brigham-young-university/people/
- Past Internship Providers: https://lsinterns.byu.edu/PastInternships/Index
- BYU Connect: https://www.ldsces.org/
To network, start by identifying some jobs that you would like to work at (Facebook, Pfizer, Google, NIH, Nike, etc). Then use the tools listed above to find BYU alumni at these companies. Reach out to these people briefly introducing yourself and ask them if they have any advice on landing a job at XYZ company. Almost everyone I’ve talked to has been willing to help. Schedule a time to talk with them and prepare questions ahead of time. At the end of the conversation, ask them if there is anyone else they could connect you with who could help you. This has been key for me in getting internships. Have each person you contact connect you with a new person. You eventually form a “network” or a web of people.
NAIL THE APPLICATION:
The last part of getting a job involves nailing the application. Your grades, and the networking you do helps your application get looked at. But then you need to come across to the hiring team. The application involves three parts 1) Resume 2) Cover letter and 3) the interview
Resume: To make a solid resume follow this template: http://bit.ly/2svDwyS
Cover Letter: To write a great cover letter check out this website: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-31-tips-you-need-to-know
Interview: If you can interview well, life will be easy for you. Interviewing is by far the most valuable skill of these three. But it’s also the trickiest. There’s a lot that goes into nailing an interview. In fact, I could probably make an entire page just on what I’ve learned about interviewing. I think that the key to this practice. The more you practice, the more confident you will be (what interviewers are looking for). You can practice with counselors, with club members, with family members, etc. Make sure that you verify beforehand what type of interview you have. There are two types of interviews: 1) behavioral and 2) technical. Behavioral interviews usually start with something along the lines of “tell me a time when you…” The key here is to identify the company’s core values and practice telling a story that highlights those core values. Technical interviews could be anything from coding to walking through a strategy case interview. It’s valuable to use websites (even youtube) and on-campus club resources to help you prepare. These tend to need more practice. But many of the highest paying internships require them. If you hope to work at google someday, start investing a little bit of time learning about the technical interview portion.
– Nathan Mella