In this video, you’ll learn more about the internship placement process including:
- Your consultation call and developing a game plan with TFAS staff.
- The internship placement timeline and resources that are available to you.
- What to do once you receive an offer!
The Consultation Call
This is where we get to know you – your background, your skills, your experience, your personality! We’ll also talk about what you’re interested in pursuing for your internship and we’ll outline options and set up a game plan based on your interests and experience, coupled with our expertise and knowledge.
Sending Your Resume to Internship Sites
- Internships in D.C. are extremely competitive! In order to maximize potential opportunities, we send your materials to multiple sites that best fit your skills and interests and the organization’s requirements.
- There are also some internships that you may not qualify for if you lack certain skills, experience or education.
- Keep an open mind! The best internship site for you may be somewhere you’ve never considered before.
How Long Does the Process Take?
- While we try to find you a placement as quickly as possible, know it’s a multi-step process and internship sites have their own hiring timelines.
- A typical hiring timeline happens over months, rather than weeks.
- If you are selected for an interview, we’ll contact you ahead of time and provide everything you need to prepare for the interview.
- An interview is a promising first step but does not guarantee an internship offer.
- Communication is key!
- After the interview, we will keep you updated as soon as we hear from various offices.
- Be prepared to let us know how interviews go, if you are applying for positions independently and if any job offers are made to you directly.
The Internship Offer
- After an offer has been extended to you, touch base with us so we can assess the position and the next steps.
- Never decline an offer without speaking with us first.
- Once we determine that a position is a good fit for your interests and experience level, we’ll move to confirm the internship placement.
- Please make any final updates to your resume and proofread it one last time.
- Review our cover letter template.
- Be prepared to ask for a Letter of Recommendation.
- Decide which writing sample you would like to send to sites.