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Landing the Internship: Reflection

 Written by    March 26, 2019

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve accepted an internship with Paycor in Cincinnati this summer. I’ll be working with their internal communications team on multiple initiatives and helping to plan Paycor’s annual sales kickoff. I couldn’t be happier, and I am so thankful to my parents, mentors, peers and professors who have helped me through this process.

It looks simple and easy when students start posting the generic LinkedIn announcement: “I’m thrilled to be interning with so-and-so this summer,” but don’t be fooled. Securing an internship takes a ton of time, research and effort.

For me, it was over 25 applications, which led to 10 phone interviews, which led to five final-round interviews, which led to three offers that resulted in ONE summer internship.

Searching for an internship requires the time and focus of another class or a part-time job. I began way back in September and started ramping things up in early December. I wrote too many emails and cover letters to count and attended my fair share of career fairs.

I had to make many tough decisions throughout the process, which was complicated because every company is on their own timeline and doesn’t make decisions when you hope they do (or even by the time they say they will).

But this is a reality of the process, and if you’re a Type A person like me, you will learn quickly that you are not in control. And it will drive you crazy every single day for several months, but you will (somehow) learn to adapt, and eventually it will pay off.

I feel incredibly relieved and excited to have my summer plans solidified after months of applications and uncertainty … so to all those still searching, GOOD LUCK!

 

Paycor’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. (PHOTO CREDIT)

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