With winter break around the corner, many college students will be going home to relax, work for a few weeks at their hometown job, or travel. For students interested in applying for the 2018 Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program, here are a five tips to keep in mind during winter break:
- Summer internships: Start thinking about summer 2018 internships in Greensboro! The spring semester (or January term) will be here before you know it, and the Fellows Program deadline is February 26. Reminder: The Fellows Program is more than just an internship…it is a 10-week summer internship program where you intern during the work day and then participate in weekly programming, which includes networking. leadership development, professional development, and social engagement.
- Letter of recommendation: Consider who you will ask to write you a letter of recommendation, which is required for your Fellows Program application. This needs to be written by a professional reference (no family members or friends). TIP: do not wait until the last minute! Give your reference plenty of time to write your one-page letter.
- Resume updates: Open up your resume and make sure it is updated to reflect your current situation: correct graduation date, current job/internship/volunteer experiences, and past experiences (make sure the dates are correct and the tenses are correct in your bullet points). TIP: Schedule an appointment with a career advisor in your campus career services office for December or early January! Career services staff are a great resource – don’t forget they are there to help with your professional development.
- Cover letters: some of the internships posted on the Fellows Program website require a cover letter. Never written one before? Now is time to think about what you will include in your cover letter. TIP: Career services can also help with this!
- Video: Watch this brief Fellows Program video (below) to gain a better understanding of what the summer will look like in Greensboro if you are accepted into the 2018 program (class three)! TIP: The Fellows Program is extremely competitive – if you are hired by one of the internship hosts, you will then be part of class three (cohort-model). Take time to work on your application materials to ensure you have the best chance of receiving an interview.