students at sikich
Sikich provides various opportunities for high school and college students who are looking to learn and grow through real-life experiences in the workplace.
How to get started
- Check our calendar to see if we are attending a career fair or hosting any open events at your school
- Review your school’s career center website to see available Sikich career opportunities
- Attend events to meet Sikich employees and learn more about us and available opportunities
- Be sure to apply to the position(s) you are interested in on your school’s career center site to be considered for an interview
- If we are not attending a career fair or hosting events at your school, please contact us.
“I loved my internship experience with Sikich. Each day brought different circumstances and I had the opportunity to make decisions on my own and learn from both my successes and failures. Sikich prepared me well for my professional career. I will take both the positive and negative aspects of the internship with me in applying for and analyzing future opportunities. I also benefitted from attending the training programs during my time working at Sikich.”
Laura D. , Tech Intern – Boston
NETWORKING & INTERVIEWING TIPS
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a successful interview experience:
USE AVAILABLE RESOURCES
Long before you land that crucial interview, take advantage of the resources available at your school. Most universities have a career center on campus that can help connect you with employers and internships in your primary field of study. Your campus might also provide career development courses, resume writing seminars, and networking opportunities that can help you find the ideal job to suit your needs.
If you haven’t been to many interviews, ask a friend or classmate to help you get more comfortable with the process. Find a list of commonly asked interview questions online, and think about how you would answer them. You should also take advantage of any Mock Interviewing activities that your career center may offer.
Don’t memorize canned answers. Instead focus on answering the questions honestly and in a relaxed manner.
DO THE RESEARCH
Spend time reviewing available background information regarding the company or organization hosting the interview. Visit their website to learn about their challenges and accomplishments. Review any press releases that they may have recently posted, and look for any articles that may have been published about the business.
Wear an outfit that would be appropriate for the work environment, erring on the too formal side. Show up early for the interview, 10-15 minutes at the most. If you happen to arrive extremely early, find a nearby coffee shop or a place to wait until about 15 minutes before your scheduled time. If for some unforeseeable reason you need to delay or reschedule, such as illness or car problems, let the interviewer know as soon as possible.
During the interview, be polite and attentive. And turn off your phone – don’t just put it on silent. Constant vibrating can quickly become a distraction and derail the discussion.
Interviewers may ask you about your personal strengths and weaknesses. Spend some time before the interview identifying three or four for each category. To highlight your skills and capabilities, think of an example or personal anecdote for each that demonstrates how you embody these traits. If you don’t have a work history to draw from, rely on experiences from your academic career.
KNOW THE JOB
Carefully study the posted job description and be able to easily summarize why you would be a good fit for the position. Cite how previous experiences – academic, personal, and professional – have prepared you for the role.
Companies routinely evaluate hiring candidates on the level of enthusiasm and interest they show during interviews. Be prepared to ask questions about the position and the organization. The key is to ask questions that can help you determine if this is the right place/opportunity for you. You may want to ask the interviewer about the company’s culture and why they personally enjoy working there. A little curiosity can go a long way in communicating your interest in the available position.
Before you leave, make sure you have contact information for the interviewer. Then send them a follow-up email or letter, thanking them for the opportunity. Be sure to reference anything that was mentioned during the discussion that piqued your interest in the company and briefly reiterate why you think the job would be an excellent match for your skills.