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Stand Out From The Crowd: 4 Ways To Land The Internship Of Your Dreams

January 21, 2019

IMG_8360Are you considering an internship with Gartner this summer? Below, Kelsey Johnson, a Recruiting Program Specialist working in our Fort Myers office, shares her tips to help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to landing the internship of your dreams. 

Picture this: It’s your junior year of college, you aren’t quite sure what you want to do after graduation, but you know you need an internship this summer. So, you put your best business professional outfit on and head to your school’s career fair to meet and network with potential employers.

If you just read that and it feels familiar, you’re not alone. While I was in school, I found myself in that exact same situation. Luckily, I found Gartner while a recruiter was on campus and I haven’t looked back since. From interning in our MSE Sales Channel in college to joining as a full-time account manager after graduation, to now working as the Internship Program Specialist in Fort Myers, Florida, I’ve seen what it takes to successfully secure an internship.

So — you want to be an intern at Gartner?  Here are a few things you can do to set yourself apart:

1. Connect with your campus recruiter early and often. The recruiter aligned to your school will be your biggest resource and advocate as you go through the interview process.

2. Practice interviewing and role-playing. Interviews can be nerve-racking, but a great way to combat the nerves is through practice! Practice various interview methods, such as the STAR Method, to get comfortable with examples and stories you will use. Scared you don’t have any prior experience? Fortunately, Gartner is a traits-based hiring organization, meaning recruiters are focused on assessing your traits and potential, not just reviewing your past experience on your resume. No matter which program you are interviewing for, you will probably have to do a role-play or case study. It may be a good idea to brush up on your field’s best practices and processes to prepare for this as well!

3. Be able to articulate why you want this specific internship. Why do you want to go into this field (sales, finance, research, etc.)? What specifically about Gartner interests you? It is important to not only know the answers to these questions, but also to be able to articulate them. Be specific and thoughtful when thinking about these questions.

4. Understand your strengths and areas of opportunity. Gartner’s internships are purposefully designed to develop students personally and professionally. The best way to capitalize on those development opportunities is to be specific and intentional about where you have opportunities to develop, and what skills you would like to take away from the internship. And be upfront about the skills you hope to develop from the very beginning of your time with Gartner.

Gartner’s internship interview process is competitive, but once you receive your offer to join us, you will be working side by side with the best and brightest minds from across the nation.

So, what are you waiting for? Go put on that suit, crush your interview, and look forward to the best summer of your life!

Search for an internship opportunity in one of our local offices here.