Would you like to know what employers thought of HOD students at the Internship Fair?
Here are 5 takeaways you can apply moving forward with the HOD Internship search:
- They are very likely to offer you a job.
93.93% of employer responders stated that they were either “Definitely” or “Very Likely” going to hire an HOD intern for the summer/fall. The odds are in your favor, but you must follow-up with employers you hear from via email/phone to continue the process smoothly. Do not take longer than 24 hours to respond to professional contacts. Remember, even it you are not interested, you stand to gain interview experience and to build relationships. Should you choose not to confirm with the site, you should send a letter of regret as follow-up communication.
2. Some parts of your resume are more important than others.
According to our employer feedback, here is what you should emphasize on your cover letter and resume:
You might be wondering how to show “work ethic” or “initiative” on your resume. Your implementation of course projects and/or role in extracurricular activities could demonstrate these skills. You can be creative with how to showcase these attributes on your resume.
3. The most important qualities employers look for in an intern are:
1) Professional Work Ethic 2) Oral/Written Communication 3) Teamwork/Collaboration
4. According to employers, your greatest area for development is conducting stronger market research.
It is important to employers that you have researched their business. You should demonstrate a handle on current, relevant market research before the internship fair and even more critically, your interview. Having a working understanding of current market trends specific to the industry/company you are applying to work in shows knowledge, initiative, and interest beyond meeting the requirements of simply being a student. It increases the likelihood that employers will take you seriously for hiring as an intern and potentially for a full-time position. You will also have excellent material to customize your list of questions for the employer.
Market research is critical to the success of any business. It helps companies understand their consumer, examine their competition, and develop innovative strategies to maximize impact and minimize risk. These are all skills that you will be expected to demonstrate in your HOD internship as an employee, and in your coursework as a student.
5. What sets our HOD interns apart?
We asked our Internship Fair employers what keeps them coming back to Vanderbilt to speak with HOD intern candidates, and have a sample of their responses. Insider tip: these are skills/abilities you may want to highlight in interviews.
“HOD interns are able to work on a wide range of issues at our agency, and they do so in a professional and competent manner.”
“They are well-rounded students who can transition into various areas of business.”
“Most of our interns come with a strong desire to have an impact on the company and to engage from day one. This is very important to us.”
“Having an intern for 30 hours a week versus 8-10 sets the HOD program apart from many other internship opportunities. The interns learn to become part of the organization, and not just an outsider working with us for a short time. That mindset leads to greater productivity and a greater fulfillment in the product.”
“Structured, high-performing candidates that add value through their time but especially through their primary program deliverable.”
“It is clear that HOD interns, above and beyond interns or volunteers that we may find from any other source, are hungry learners and are asking themselves if they can make something even better rather than just fulfilling the tasks that are asked of them.”
Finally, don’t forget the HOD Internship Office is here to support you if you have any follow-up questions or would like to set up a meeting to discuss this material further. The HOD office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30.