Internship Applications Gone Wrong

*I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit* writing unique cover letters and piecing together disposable portfolios to apply for internships that I don’t end up getting. Take last weekend for example…

A spot opened up at a fantastic internship and the director wanted to fill it quickly. I dropped everything and spent two hours putting together an application and emailing it to her. *Minutes later, she wrote back that she would NOT accept my application.* She had received enough “good applications” and didn’t want any more. Now I’m not too bent out of shape about not getting the position. I’m sure the person who did is qualified beyond belief. But I _am_ slightly upset that the time I put into applying was not reciprocated with even so much as a glance at my resume. _What if I actually was the most qualified?_

I’m not sweating it because I’ve had great internships in the past, and I’m sure there’s some cosmic ratio out there stating that for every 20 applications you submit, only one of them will go your way, *but can anyone identify with this application gone wrong?*

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One Comment

  1. kl
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    Yup. I’ve been there. However, if you have great admiration for a company and really want to work for it, the recruiters will be able to see that in your cover letter and especially during your interview. That was the case for me, and I’m glad I had all that practice writing cover letters and interviewing with other firms. 🙂