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How to Get an Internship With No Experience

Are you student in any of the tertiary universities in Ghana and eager to know more about internship? If so, you’re in the right place so exercise patience as we walk you through the process.

Most students are very doubtful when deciding whether to take an internship. Our economy changes daily, and with it, the talents, skills and experience needed to work keeps on changing. The job market is very competitive and it can be very tough for fresh graduates.

An internship can give you the opportunity to gain experience in the work industry and enhance your qualifications on your resume. Remember that having a degree is no longer enough to secure jobs for fresh graduates in this generation. Most companies value work experience than degree when it comes to building a successful career.

Internships have become an essential way to make graduates stand out and be the right candidate for selection for work. Understanding the benefits of internship can help you decide if this program is right for you and your career path.

In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide on what internship is, its benefits and so on.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a short-term professional working experience that firms, companies offer to students or fresh graduates to help them gain practical work experience related to their field of study. They can be paid or unpaid, as the main motive for the intern is to gain experience.

Interns are usually made to work relevant projects, learn about the field and develop hard and soft skills. Some internship opportunities lead to full-time positions. You can apply to work as an intern during a semester break or even after completion of tertiary education.

What is an intern?

An intern is someone, often a young person, who has been employed temporarily for work experience, which can be either paid or unpaid.

How long does internship last?

Internship vary in length based on the employer, season and industry. However, most internships do last about 4-12 weeks. No one internship length is the best, it all depends on the hand-on experience you get from the company.

Do interns get paid?

Majority of internships are not paid. A company doesn’t need to legally pay its interns if the intern benefits from the experience more than the company.

It is worth considering an unpaid internship, depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. An unpaid opportunity at your dream company will provide you with a valuable experience than a paid opportunity that is unrelated to your career path.

How to get an internship

  1. Determine your career goals and interests
  2. Choose the type of internship and location you want
  3. You must have a strong CGPA
  4. Consult your career center
  5. Create a convincing curriculum vitae (CV)
  6. Apply early
  7. Research companies before applying for internship

How to write a cover letter for an internship

A cover letter is a one page document that supports your resume and highlights your skills, qualifications, experience and other information related to the position you’re applying for.

Here is how you can write a cover letter for an internship at your preferred company:

  • Research about the company
  • List your contact information at the top of the page
  • Address the letter to the Human Resource
  • Manager (HR)
  • Greet the reader
  • Introduce yourself
  • Explain your skills and achievements relevant to the position
  • Convince them why you should be employed for the position
  • Ask them for feedback
  • Thank the readers for their time
  • Formally end your letter
  • Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors
  • Save the document in a PDF format and submit it to the Human Resource Manager

It is crucial to note that the application process doesn’t end after submitting your request to the HR manager. Following up on your internship application can make a significant difference. It is a good practice to send a polite follow-up email or make a phone call to express your continued interest in the opportunity.

Cover Letter Sample

Review the template below to learn how to properly format your cover letter as an entry level candidate:

[Your name]
[phone number]
[Your email address]
[Your online portfolio link and/or social media pages links]
[Date]

[Name of employer]
[Mailing address of employer]

Dear Sir/Madam,

REQUEST TO DO MY INTERNSHIP WITH ABCD COMPANY

I am writing to express my strong interest in securing an internship with [Company Name]. My name is [Your Name], and I am a first year student reading [Your Programme] with the index number [Index Number]. I believe that practical experience is invaluable for personal and professional growth.

For the past two years, I have closely followed the initiatives of [Company Name] and have been impressed by its successful management of various [some activities the company does]. It would be an honor for me to be a part of this dynamic team and contribute to the growth of the company.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of securing an internship with [Company Name]. Please find my attached resume for your reference.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Full Name]

10 Reasons To Do an Internship

  • Experience
  • Networking
  • Resume building
  • Build Confidence
  • Professionalism
  • Learn from others
  • Gain a competitive edge
  • Transition to a permanent job
  • Personal growth
  • Secure good references and recommendations

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