Полезные советы от "Center for International Policy" (на английском языке)

Рекомендации, приведенные ниже, написаны в форме "Часто задаваемых вопросы" для тех, кто хочет пройти практику в организации "Center for International Policy" (Вашингтон, США). 


What information must I include in my cover letter?

ATTENTION: this is the NUMBER ONE thing at which the intern coordinator looks, and if it doesn't meet our basic requirements, we may not even get to your resume. In your cover letter, you must state clearly:

1. Which internships you want to be considered for; if you don't name them, you won't be considered for them.
2. Where did you hear about the internship? Just say "idealist.org" or "my university's database," don't over-explain.
3. An acknowledgment that the internship is unpaid. This is both for legal reasons and to test your direction-following skills; if you omit this crucial detail, that might indicate that you are using a form letter.
4. Your dates and hours of availability. Be as specific as possible, and also note if your schedule is flexible, or if you will be taking classes. Often, availability is a crucial factor in the final decision for a given position, particularly for the Asia internship, which absolutely must begin the day after the previous intern leaves. Another tip: you don't have to say you're available "Monday through Friday," we weren't going to ask you to come in on the weekends. "Full time" is sufficient.

WRONG: I am available Monday through Friday all spring. 
RIGHT: I am available full time from January 15 through May 15. 
OKAY: I will be taking classes, so I'm only available three days per week.
BETTER: I am available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays full time; on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have classes.

What does the intern coordinator want to know about me, personally?

Aside from the information above, we want to see that you meet the basic requirements of the position, and that you are interested in your subject area. She doesn't particularly care if you play soccer or are a member of your university's glee club. A good format to use is:

Paragraph 1: "My name is ---, I'm a --- year --- major at --- school. I found your listing for unpaid internships on --- website and am interested in your --- and --- programs." See how easy that is? In two short sentences you can meet three out of four requirements, and introduce yourself too.
Paragraph 2: tell us about your relevant course work, international experience, office experience, language and computer skills, etc. This can be a bulky paragraph but try to be as succinct as possible; don't just regurgitate your resume.
Paragraph 3: tell us your opinions on the issues covered by the program to which you are applying. Are you upset that you can't go to Cuba for longer than three weeks as a result of the travel ban? Do you plan to make a career in fundraising? Again, be short and sweet, but let us know exactly why you are ideologically in tune with a particular program. 
Paragraph 4: State your availability for the semester in question, and say you look forward to hearing from us. PLEASE don't tell us "I'll be calling within two weeks to check the status of my application."  We get in touch with the people we're considering within two weeks of the deadline.

How long should my cover letter be?

We know that's a lot of info listed above, but please keep it down to one page. Word economy is really, really, really important. Another tip: unless you are faxing or emailing your letter, DON'T FORGET TO SIGN IT!


One page or two pages?

Although both are acceptable, our general experience is that people in their third year of college don't really have enough experience to fill up two pages, so feel free to leave out your love of horseback riding, high school name and GPA, and previous food service employment. Also, no need to list your objective on top, since your cover letter should have made that clear.

What is the intern coordinator looking for in my resume?
1. Attention to detail (i.e. Grammar, spelling, word usage, etc.)
2. College GPA. Please include it even if you're sending a transcript.
3. Content. Your resume should demonstrate that you meet the qualifications for the position. We want to see your foreign language skills, computer proficiency, some sort of office experience, international travel, and a demonstrated interest in topics related to the program (i.e. if you helped plan a conference on US/Cuba relations, spent a semester in South Korea, interned in a congressional office, etc.).

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