Preparing for Your Internship
Although the internship placement process takes place during the junior year, you should begin preparing for your internship when you start your Menlo career. Here are some points to consider as you plan:
- Some of the more competitive internship sites, such as Big 4 accounting firms and financial services firms, require internship applicants to have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Use the resources available on campus, such as The Writing Center and Study Slams, to help you maintain a strong GPA.
- Internship organizations prefer applicants who are engaged in their communities and can demonstrate leadership skills. Start participating in campus clubs, activities, and community service beginning with your first year at Menlo.
- As internships become more competitive, prior work or volunteer experience will give you an advantage during the application process. Start thinking now about how to use summer breaks strategically to gain work or volunteer experience that can help you secure an internship.
- It’s never to soon to start networking! Create a LinkedIn profile and connect and stay in touch with guest speakers in classes and professionals you meet through networking and other events.
Deciding what type of internship or career path to pursue can be challenging. The Internship Program team is available to assist you with:
- Self-assessment through various tools such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Learning Style Inventory, and I Start Strong
- Developing a compelling resume and cover letter
- Developing and practicing interview and networking skills
- Creating and managing your personal brand
- Identifying potential internship opportunities that match your selected major and your skills, interests, and goals