Tips for a Stand-Out Application

The actual internship is not the only learning process of the internship program. The initial step of preparing the application also gives you exposure and experience in preparing professional looking documents for future career opportunities. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when preparing your application:

  • Spelling and Grammar - The internship sites do take notice of spelling and grammatical errors. It is very important that you take the time to proof your documents.
  • Thoughtfulness - In answering the personal statement questions, it is recommended that you take the time to think about your answers. Ask yourself if your cover letter sufficiently explains your goals. Keep in mind that the internship sites will read these documents and consider them in their decision.
  • Relevant Education/Experience - Do you have the educational background in the field in which you want to intern? In most cases, the internship sites look to host interns who are obtaining a degree in a field related to the placement.
  • Honesty - It is always best to be honest about your level of skills. The internship sites accept students based on the information in cover letters and resumes. Providing false information could result in serious ramifications, including termination of your placement and cancellation of your internship visa. Also, it is best to indicate any special needs or disabilities so that the appropriate arrangements can be made with the internship site.

 

Cover Letter

Your cover letter is probably the most important document that you will provide with your internship application. Your cover letter should not be geared toward a specific internship site or location, but rather should be general enough to be used for various sites. Your cover letter should focus on the specific field in which you are interested and on the various types of learning outcomes you would like to achieve during your internship. Also, let the reader know why you want to intern abroad. If you are applying for an internship in Australia or New Zealand, we suggest that you keep your location options open to both countries. Both of these amazing destinations offer high quality internship placements, fascinating cultural experiences, and the chance to learn relevant and transferable skills and knowledge. You can use a general salutation such as “To Whom it May Concern”.  If you are having trouble narrowing down the industry or duties that interest you, we encourage you to seek the advice of your academic advisor or internship coordinator at your home university.   

 

Resume

Your resume is also a key element in the application process. It is important that you show your possible internship host what relevant education, interests, and experience you have to support your desire to intern in the field that you have chosen. Almost every U.S. and Canadian university or college has a Career Services Department. They can be an excellent resource for critiquing resumes and cover letters. There are also numerous books on creating resumes as well as online websites that focus on this topic. 

 

Reference

You will need to submit one letter of reference with your application. Those letters can come from professors, advisors, current/previous employers, or any combination of the three. Letters should be submitted on official university or company letterhead and addressed "To Whom It May Concern". Letters of Reference can be mailed to GlobaLinks Learning Abroad - 12050 N. Pecos St., Suite 320 - Westminster, CO 80234 or emailed to admissions@globalinksabroad.org  

 

Application Deadlines

Keep in mind that your application is not considered complete and ready to be processed until all of the required materials are in our office. It is your responsibility to ensure that the entire application has been received. All placements are filled on a first come, first serve basis, therefore it is best to get your application in early. Also, the earlier we receive your application, the best chance we have to place you. Deadlines vary according to internship placements. We do not guarantee placement into the program.

 

Personal Information on the Web

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites have become very popular communication tools for many individuals. These Internet sites have also become very useful employer screening tools to help determine if potential job candidates are suitable for their organization. Therefore, it is highly recommended that careful consideration be given to privacy levels and posted content as it may affect your chances of being accepted into an internship. It is important to remember that any content posted on the web can potentially be duplicated and become hard to remove. Applicants should also consider the level of professionalism and maturity that personal voicemail messages and email addresses may convey