On technology, design, entrepreneurship, and everything adjacent with creation: what better time to go out and make an impact than in the summer?Aside from gaining critical work experience (or, filling in your school’s required OJT hours), internships are an incredible way to get a sense of direction for your career early on. You can figure out what you like or dislike, see the kind of environment and work ethics that could vary greatly from industry to industry or even per city, and help affirm your major choices or the skills you’d like to develop. Another thing is that the right internship could be incredibly fulfilling — introducing you to incredible colleagues (and building on connections that could be invaluable later on) and generating work that you personally find meaningful and passionate about that can’t be found in your classroom.
With that being said, here’s a list of internship openings around Metro Manila and some words of advice for you to chase those roles. Whether you’re an overachieving high school student new to the game or a college student filling in last minute plans — go and get it!
The Career Board
If you have an opportunity to add, feel free to drop a message or create a pull request on the board.
Some words of advice
On your resume & cover letter
- If asked for a resume, keep it to one page!
Even the best workers can find a way to condense all information to one. Don’t include random seminars, events, or the fact that you participated in a Battle of the Bands (unless you are obviously applying for something music-related); keep it to experiences in and out of school relevant to what you’re applying for–it can be a national organization, something you volunteered for once, a club, a personal project… but make sure they’re the things that stand out and are relevant.
- Don’t be afraid to alter your resume for each position.
Especially since you’re a student and have less specialized and broader experiences, bring more emphasis into activities, work experience, etc. that are involved with the type of job you’re applying for.
- Organize things chronologically.
For work positions and experiences, it is best for it to be from most recent to least recent. Remember, the first thing they see will likely be what they will most remember.
- Keep it clean and easy.
Make fonts consistent, communicate experiences with action items and numbers, don’t use colors or make your layout complex (the cleaner, the better). Do not place a photo of yourself, you don’t need your address either: just your name, email, contact number, website or LinkedIn if you have one. You don’t need an “objective” or a “summary” either, you’re addressing those things in the customized interest letter you’re sending in–right?
- Indicate your availability!
Especially if your internship is physical, or your time is limited, including your timeframe of availability (in dates as well as time of the day if you have classes) will help save from further discussion later on.
On the job
- Pay attention to the expected work hours, role responsibilities, and program duration.
Good questions to ask are: will there be work outside of office, will travel be compensated? What’s your work culture like? What does the experience of your interns look like, and what’s something of value that they’ve brought to the post?
- Be communicative and responsive.
This is the most important thing! If you can’t make a date or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email your supervisor or colleagues. Keep things concise, don’t be overapologetic. It’s hard, yeah.
- You deserve to be compensated.
Don’t hesitate to ask about any stipends or support for travel, food, or parking. (If there’s anything on the career board that doesn’t follow this, please let us know.)
- The best internship is one where you can bring value in.
Although titles are nice, what matters after is the impact you’ve had in your time at the company (such as deliverables you worked on or quantitatives on what you brought). Remember, people and companies will be asking you about experiences and situations you handled on the job.
Internships didn’t work out? Work on side projects, volunteer, start a wild venture. Although they’re the classical way of showing experience — the truth is, internships can sometimes be unfulfilling and actually leave you disappointed at the lack of your impact that could totally be on the company, and not on you.
Nevertheless, go for it. Talk to people who’ve previously worked, ask them questions about the culture, what’s coming up–stand your ground, but also be humble and proactive. Internships are an amazing time to get a taste of the real-world while actually adding value to things amazing teams are building.
So ready yourself up, be honest and persevere, and go for it!