How to Prepare for a Summer Internship Interview

Mainly, the interviewer wants to get to know you, your experience so far (including professional, educational, and volunteer opportunities), and how you handle (and will handle) different types of work situations.

Plan logically:

For both internships and jobs: Researching the firm a little and practicing any interview questions are the best ways to get ready. Study your resume until you understand it completely, and then quiz a family member on how your experience relates to the position.

For internships: 

Be assured in your academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities because an internship may not demand the same level of professional expertise as a job.

Create a favorable impression.

For both jobs and internships: Arriving early and dressing professionally are the finest ways to make a good impression. Wearing professional clothing will demonstrate to your potential employer that you take the role seriously and are up to the challenge, whether you're applying for a job or an internship. Make sure to shake hands firmly and show that you are confident and interested in the job by maintaining eye contact during the interview.

Consider your advantages:

For both internships and positions, emphasize how your education, work history, extracurricular activities, and personal experiences have equipped you for the position.

What abilities have you gained, and how may they help the business?

For internships, it's likely that you haven't got a lot of prior experience in your desired field. Put more emphasis on some of the soft skills you learned while studying rather than your professional expertise. Lack of professional experience is not necessarily a bad thing if you have developed your leadership and organizational skills when you were a student.


Always be mindful of projecting courtesy and professionalism during interviews, whether you're looking for a job or an internship. Let your employer know that you are excited to be a part of their firm for the foreseeable future because an internship may result in a full-time position. Although some of the answers to the interview questions may be different depending on the experience you bring to the table.