Internship & Career Guidance
Prior to applying for Internships, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU), or careers, you will be required to prepare certain forms and documents. Regardless of the position, it is strongly advised to have the following prepared and completed prior to your search. Having all items prepared will ensure the most options for applying as opportunities arise.
- Personal Statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Copy of your most recent academic transcript(s)
- Copy of your most recent CV/Resume
Your personal statement is exactly that. It is your chance to communicate with hiring managers and recruiters about your skills, interests and what makes you unique. It is an opportunity to convey aspects of yourself that can not be summarized in a CV/resume. Below you will find a series of questions. They are designed to help you identify your strengths in bite size pieces and then assemble them together for a complete and effective personal statement.
How did you get here?
- How did you come to study your major?
- What about your major inspires/motivates you?
- How can what you study, change the world for the better, and why is that important to you?
- What details of your life, such as personal or family struggles, culture, or seminal events, have shaped you or influenced your goals?
Where are you going?
- How are you going to use your major in a future career?
- How do you see your current studies (and/or the position you are applying for) as being useful in your future career?
- What kinds of experience (research, internships, jobs) do you already posses that are relevant to your future goals?
- If you don't have any experience in your field of study, that's not a problem. Instead highlight the experience you do have and explain how the skills you learned there can translate to this position.
- What personal traits and characteristics do you posses and why are they important to you?
- E.g. integrity, perseverance, contributing to a community/team.