6 ways to improve your chances of getting accepted to The Intern Group

Applying for international internships can raise all sorts of doubts. That period of not knowing whether or not you’ll be heading abroad on an international adventure can be excruciating. However, there are a number of measures you can take to make your application to The Intern Group as strong as possible and to give yourself the best possible chance of being accepted.

 

1. Apply for an internship for the fall season

The Intern Group’s 2017 summer internship programs are filled to capacity, due to the high volume of outstanding applications for the summer months. One way to improve your chances of being accepted is to apply for an internship in August, September or October. Internship roles will open back up in the fall months when summer interns will be heading back to school. Since there are fewer applicants for this season, it’s perfect for those having doubts about finding a leading internship. Most importantly, if you’re interested in applying for a fall internship, start your application as soon as possible. Early applicants get priority for The Intern Group’s most competitive and career-changing positions.

 

2. Spruce up your resume to make it more competitive

Your resume is the first thing that The Intern Group and any potential employer will look at. Because it’s your first professional impression, it’s important that it’s flawless. Take a long, hard look at your resume and try to identify its weaknesses. Are you leading with your most recent, relevant experience? Have you written your resume in the format appropriate for your field? Is all your information updated and accurate? Have you made sure everything is spelled correctly? Refer to our ultimate resume checklist for further guidelines on how to send in the best resume possible.

 

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3. Be open to the opportunities available

Although it’s great to know exactly what you want out of an internship, there may be incredible, highly-coveted opportunities in a slightly different sector or in a different destination than you originally imagined. If you’re able to be a little bit flexible with what kind of internship you’re looking for, you’ll have more opportunities at your feet to earn real-world professional experience abroad.

 

4. Prepare for your interview

It’s vital to prepare for your professional interview ahead of time to give yourself the best possible chance of getting accepted into The Intern Group. Think about your professional aspirations, your strengths and weaknesses and what kind of internship you’re looking for with The Intern Group. Go through some practice questions with a friend or family member beforehand to make sure that you have the most polished and professional interview possible.

 

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5. Spot-check your application

It’s highly important that your internship application includes accurate information and that everything is spelled correctly. Not only does a mistake on your application reflect a lack of professionalism, including incorrect or outdated information on your application could make it harder for The Intern Group to contact you or find you a professional internship in the field and destination of your choice.

 

6. Arrive to your interview on time

Make sure that you’re ready for your Skype or phone interview with The Intern Group at the time you signed up for. Missing your interview could push back your application process, complicate your internship opportunities or even mean that your space on the program is given to another qualified candidate.

 

 

Now that you know our top tips for getting accepted to The Intern Group, apply today.

 

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1. by The Intern Group

2. based on Hong Kong, by Marc Veraart, CC-by-ND 2.0

3. based on Resume – Glasses, by Flazingo Photos, CC-by-SA 2.0

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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