Graduates in 2017| 5 ways to get References on Internship Resume

Graduates in 2017| 5 ways to get References on Internship Resume

References can benefit as final confirmation of your skills, abilities and verification of positive performance you are capable of during your internship.

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Graduates in 2017
Get references for your Internship in 2017. (Source: timedotcom)

Summer Internships in 2017 are an efficient mode to set their careers in motion for college-goers. Internships can make or break your scope of landing that perfect job. The key here is to produce an excellent resume for your internship application. References can hold an important call when it comes to getting a confirmation for the internship.

One way to do that is to use your references smartly. Let’s show you 5 ways to procure safe references that can guarantee you the internship.

Choose you References well

Pick your references as per the internship you're applying for. (Giphy)
Pick your references as per the internship you’re applying for. (Giphy)

Graduates in 2017 should keep in mind that one should provide references of personnel who can give positive feedback about your skills and performance. It is not necessary that employers always contact the mentioned people. But providing references of people who can showcase your talent well is what you should aim for.

Selecting references: Teachers

Teachers can act as a good reference. (Image: Matilda)
Teachers can act as a good reference. (Image: Matilda)

Your teachers can be your best references as they can give a positive feedback on your behaviour and qualities such as leadership, teamwork, communication etc. Your job is to make sure you have enough time to request your teachers.

Working Professionals

Choose your employer reference wisely. (Image: Devil Wears Prada)
Choose your employer reference wisely. (Image: Devil Wears Prada)

References can be current and past employers, high-profile individuals within the particular profession or industry you are targeting to intern in. Your aim is to find people who will come across as positive and enthusiastic in showcasing your skills in a telephone conversation.

Freelance Work

Your references could get you through. (Image: Hannibal)
Your references could get you through. (Image: Hannibal)

You can also add your freelance work experience in your resume. You can include companies/ people you have worked for as a freelancer. You should also include your volunteer work and make those references count.

Clients

Satisfied customers give the best word about you. (Langrad Health)
Satisfied customers give the best word about you. (Langrad Health)

While applying for internships, most of the students do not have any job experience. One can include clients as references. People who have employed you for jobs such as lawn care, babysitting, dog walking etc will do. It’s all about attesting your workmanship and skills.

Organisations you have volunteered for

Volunteer experiences can provide references for your job search. (Image: YRF)
Volunteer experiences can provide references for job search. (Image: YRF)

You can also provide references of people who have assisted you in any kind of work. If you have volunteered for an organisation, forward details of the suitable professional. Unpaid and paid work both count.

Make sure the references you provide have given you their permission. Check their contact details twice before sending. Ask them for their availability and keep them updated about the phone call/ e-mail they might receive any time soon. Follow these and let us know your views in the comments.

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