- Edit your portfolio. A few good pieces are better than everything you have ever done.
- Check the approved internship site list, ask your instructors and fellow students for suggestions, and research web sites and design publications.
- Be sure to research your potential employers—know who they are and what they do.
- Send your designed résumé with a designed cover letter introducing yourself and explaining what you are looking for.
- Remember it's a numbers game. It may take a lot of mailings, calls, and interviews to find your intern job.
- Rehearse your presentation. Be conscious of your physical impression, that is, don't under- or overdress.
- If a position is offered to you, express your enthusiasm and interest, and ask for a description of the internship.
- Be ready to explain your schedule, what days and what hours you will be available.
- If they don't have an opening, ask if they have any suggestions about whom else to call. Be prepared to take notes.
- Always be on time.
- No job is too big or too small. Keep a list of your regular duties, in addition to daily requests made of you. When in doubt about priorities, ask for advice.
- Be humble. Most internships are not junior design positions.
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