How to apply for an Internship

For the late birds and for those who have read and forgotten :) how not to apply for an internship, I have summarized the last 4 entries in a single capsule. Here is how to apply for an internship –

  1. Make the subject line of your internship application stand out – make it specific and relevant enough for the recruiter to be intrigued to open your email. Go window dressing!
  2. Keep your cover letter simple, short and specific – don’t leave it blank and don’t give your 5 page life history either. Relevancy is the key. Think if you were the recruiter what information you would be looking for in the cover letter to interest you enough to open the CV.
  3. Please, please, and please do NOT mass email – it doesn’t work. It never has and it never will. Spend time in researching a bit about the company, or individual and their focus areas and how what you have to offer matches with their requirement. Don’t do carpet bombing!
  4. Spelling mistakes, SMS language, improper gender address are a big NO – they feel like a piece of stone under your teeth while having a meal. However delicious the food may be, we all know what a bad taste the experience leaves.
  5. Having done, everything right so far, spend 10 extra seconds and please name your CV as your nameplate and don’t just leave it as “CV.doc”, “MyCV.doc” etc. – don’t make it hard for the employer to find your resume at a later date if need be.

Great! All sorted. Now register on Internshala and apply for some cool internships!

If you would like to go through the previous posts covering these points in greater detail, here are the links –

  1. How not to apply for an Internship – 4
  2. How not to apply for an Internship – 3
  3. How not to apply for an Internship – 2
  4. How not to apply for an Internship – 1

In next few entries, we would talk about how not to write a CV? Stay tuned!

Hope this helps. Have something to say, ask, critique or know of an internship opportunity that you would like others to know – post it right away! If you like what you read here, do share with another friend.

7 thoughts on “How to apply for an Internship

  • May 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    for the last 3 days i have researched about many companies of a technopark..i dont know where i will get the chance…so i had made a list of the email ids of many of these companies…it will count nearly 120 companies….shall i send a common mail to all these companies with a bcc field..??in the to field i will mention my address only..will it make any problem.?becos it wont be possible for me to mail these 120 separately..

  • June 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    hello sir
    i am a hons 2nd year(ie giving my exams and will be in 3rd year soon) student (delhi university) as per our course requirement we have to do a 200 hour internship with a organisation…..but i am not able to decide what all organisations would give an opportunity for a months internship and also what kind of an internship should i look out for….!!
    my exams are ending on the 17th june and will be getting only a months vacation….so i need to decide and apply fast……please help…..!!!!

    • June 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      There was a sales/marketing internship with the deals point (posted in the Management Internship section) that is still open – any interest there? There is another one with Department of Revenue (under Government Internships section) that could be relevant – have a look!

      You could also like Internshala on facebook and stay updated on the latest and the best Commerce related internships1

      Many thanks

  • June 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    thank you sir but i am looking for an internship in gurgaon specifically…i searched the internet but despite of so many good companies like google,coca cola,airtel,nokia,dell etc having their offices here ..i could not find any internship offer being made by them on the internet neither could i find a list of all the companies and their contacts so that i could try and contact them.
    i am not too keen on doing a finance related internship instead want to do something relating to strategising, marketing something a bit creative.
    do you have any suggestions in this regard and will forwarding you my c.v. (which will only be a summary of my marks at school and college till now as i have no work ex)be of any help..??

  • August 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I would like to do some summer projects in the upcoming summer. Could you please tell me how should I prepare my C.V. so that i get a project offer in the IITs.

  • May 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    hello sir, i want to apply for some marketing or HR related internship..i have just now given my 2nd year B.Sc. exams from Delhi University..Can u please help me how can i apply for it ???
    n can u please provide me any contact no. or so..???


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