Every year, NNU’s College of Business puts on an internship fair for students to gather and meet with local businesses in search of internship opportunities. It allows students to not only network but also learn what employers may be looking for when it comes to hiring. Internship fairs can raise a lot of anxiety for students who are hoping to make a good impression; here are 7 tips to make the most of your experience:
1. Research and Prepare
Before attending the fair, research the participating companies and identify those that align with your career goals. Take note of their internship programs, requirements and any specific positions they offer. This will help you tailor your approach and showcase genuine interest during conversations.
2. Elevator Pitch
Craft a concise, yet compelling, introduction that highlights your skills, experiences and career aspirations. Practice delivering it confidently to make a memorable first impression on recruiters.
3. Dress Professionally
Make sure to dress appropriately for the event in professional attire. Your appearance plays a crucial role in creating a positive impression on potential employers.
4. Bring Updated Resumes
Prepare multiple copies of your updated resume to hand out to recruiters. Ensure that it is well-organized, error-free and highlights relevant experiences and skills.
5. Ask Meaningful Questions
Prepare a list of thoughtful questions about the company’s culture, internship program details or specific projects they offer interns. This demonstrates your enthusiasm and helps you gather valuable information.
6. Exchange Contact Information
If you have a meaningful conversation with someone from a company you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to ask for their contact information or business card. This allows you to follow up later with a personalized thank-you email expressing your continued interest.
7. Follow Up
After the fair, send personalized follow-up emails to the recruiters or representatives you connected with. Express gratitude for their time and reiterate your interest in their company and internship opportunities.
Remember, networking is not just about collecting business cards; it’s about building meaningful connections. Approach each interaction with genuine curiosity and professionalism to leave a lasting impression on potential employers. NNU’s College of Business works hard to act as a connecting point between students and potential employers.