Applying for internship: dos and don’ts
Spring is in the air! Parks are filled with birdsong and armies of people dressed in tight fitting jogging clothes. For many students, spring also means changing the dusty old books and lecture halls of the university, to open plan offices and ping-pong tables. In other words, leaving for internship.
While browsing around yesterday, I stumbled across this blog post by Thord Daniel Hedengren, co-owner of the web agency Odd Alice. He shares some helpful dos and don’ts to consider when applying for internship. We have also received a large number of applications and it seems that some applicants would really benefit from some industry insights. So here are some tips in Swedish, borrowed from Thord Daniel Hedengren:
To these helpful tips, I would like to add some of my own. First of all, when researching the company you would like to apply to, take some time to analyse what your position at that company would be. Would the work and the environment suit you? Would you develop in areas that are relevant to your ambitions? And most importantly, what could you offer the company as a co-worker?
Another thing to consider is that competition is hard and to apply for internship without a substantial portfolio can be really tricky. I would advise everyone studying to become a designer, animator, web developer etc. to plan out and start working on your portfolio from your first day in school. A well designed online portfolio with good content is one of the best ways to get into the industry. If you don’t have a portfolio or if you have one that doesn’t meet the current standard, you’re pretty much screwed. Don’t be discouraged though, just work hard and stay focused. If you have a lacking portfolio, take some time to work on personal projects to both increase your skills and get some pieces to show.