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Professional Preparation

Be prepared for your DC internship! The SPEA Career Development Office has great resources to help you spruce up your resume and prepare for your phone interview. Check out their materials and advice on Resumes, Interview Preparation, Your Online Prescence and Networking.

Resumes
Your resume will be the first impression a potential internship placement has of you, so make sure it's a good one! Every WLP Student is required to have an updated resume prior to leaving for Wasington, DC. Students will meet indvidually for a resume critique but review these guidelines to help get you started.

Interview Preparation
In most cases, placements will ask for the student to participate in a phone interview to see if you are a good fit for their office. In addition to these guidelines, be sure to conduct the phone interview from a land-line (to avoid the potential problems of dropped calls or spotty cell phone service) and in a quiet space. The SPEA Career Development Office has interview rooms available for you to reserve if you need a quiet space to conduct your phone interview. To reserve an interview room, call the Career Development Office at 812-855-9639.

The benefit of a phone interview is that you can have your resume and notes in front of you while in the interview, so be sure to come prepared! Also remember to:

  • Thank your interviewer for their time and introduce yourself
  • Watch the length of answers (nobody likes to ramble)
  • Smile, speak slowly and clearly. Even though they can't see you, interviewers can hear when someone is smiling!
  • Have a list of questions to ask the interviewer. 
  • Ask when you can expect to hear back about your internship and if it would be alright to follow up
  • Be sure your voicemail message and ringer are professional. (Remember, most employers will not enjoy the latest Kanye song as they wait for you to answer the phone.) Back to Top
Your Online Presence
Be aware of your online presence and the image you are portraying through your social networking profiles. Remember that your online footprint can extend beyond Facebook and Twitter. Google yourself and check resources like pipl.com to see where you show up online and what potential employers are seeing. Internship supervisors and employers will check, so know what image you're broadcasting! Back to Top

Networking
Networking should be an essential element to your time in DC. In many cases, this internship is just the starting point for future internships, paid internships, and even jobs! You will have lots of opportunities to network and this is something that does not come easily to some people.  Just keep working at it.  Ask questions, be interested in the answers, and it will start to come to you. This is how DC works, and it is not necessarily a bad thing.  You learn more about the world around you and hear stories from people who were likely in your shoes when starting out in their career.

When networking remember:

  • If alcohol is served, drink in moderation or not at all
  • Come to the event with networking as the goal
  • Remember that you represent IU, SPEA, and WLP Programs and act accordingly Back to Top