Applying for an internship can be just as intimidating as applying for a job. That’s because they’re basically the same thing – except internships generally pay with experience and little to no actual money. But, if you play your cards right, you can turn that internship into a future career opportunity.
Applying for an internship also comes with a lot of unknowns. When is it best to follow up? Should you be networking with current employees before or after you apply?
How to Follow-Up With The Hiring Manager
Don’t be too aggressive or reach out too soon. A good timeline is 7-10 days after you applied or interviewed. This timeline allows them time to review your resume or have a chance to discuss your interview with other team members.
If you reach out too soon or too often, it could turn off the hiring manager and eliminate you from the process.
A trick to bypass the 7-10 rule if you’ve interviewed for the position is to send a thank-you email. Send the interviewer (or recruiter if you don’t have the interviewer’s contact information) a short email thanking them for their time and letting them know you’re looking forward to hearing back.
Communicate Professionally But Casually
If you get a chance to speak with someone regarding your application or interview, it’s not uncommon to ask them how long they expect it might take before you hear back.
If you don’t hear back by the expected date, send them an email like the one below:
Follow-up Email Template Option
I hope all is well.
I wanted to check in and see if there were any updates on my application. Please let me know if there is anything else I can share with you (or if you would like to set up a time for an interview).
If that doesn’t seem natural for you, try another approach. For example, if you want an interview, let them know you’re going to be in the area on a specific date or time should they want to schedule a meeting.
If you’re waiting to hear back about a decision, let them know you’ll be going on a trip and wanted to check in before you leave in case you’re difficult to reach.
The informal approach will remind them you exist, while not seeming too pushy or overbearing.
Connect With Your Network
It never hurts to network. If you have friends, contacts, or have met someone that works for a particular company you’re interested in, reach out to them and start a connection.
If you have mutual connections, add them on LinkedIn. Don’t be too shy to send them a message. People generally want to help others out, especially college students that are interested in their field of work.
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not always what you know, but who you know”?
Hopefully, these tips will help with your internship quest.