If you’re studying for a degree in computer sciences, an internship at Apple is the crème de la crème: it’s like an events organizer getting an internship planning the Olympics. Besides the fact that it’s, well, Apple…what’s so great about an Apple internship?
What makes an internship at Apple so awesome?
- The best thing about an Apple internship is that you get to do real work on real projects. Forget making copies; you’re right in the thick of things. And the culture is such that other people listen to your ideas and opinions as if you were a permanent employee.
- Another great thing about an Apple internship is the pay: Apple internships are among the highest paid of any intern positions.
- Apple also helps you out with the nitty-gritty details, like housing. They’ll arrange housing for you with two other interns, ideally from cultures that are very different from yours.
So how do you land an Apple internship?
- The first step is to search the Apple job board for internship opportunities. But that’s the easy part. It’s what comes next that will separate you from the gazillion other students applying for Apple internships.
- Start something big. Or small. Or anything at all. Start a company. Or a web site. Apple is about innovation. Starting anything will demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurship, initiative, etc.
- Link in. Do you know anybody at Apple? Or anybody who knows somebody at Apple? Get on all of your social networks to search for anybody who has contacts with Apple. At the very least, it will make sure somebody actually looks at your resume.
- Create a portfolio. An online portfolio. If you’re applying for an internship at Apple, it should be no surprise that an online portfolio will be key. Use it to showcase your accomplishments so far.
- Practice. And practice some more. Practice answering every question you can imagine being asked in an Apple internship interview. Go online and investigate what former applicants and interns have posted about the interview process. Getting insight isn’t cheating; it’s just smart.
- Admit mistakes. There’s one thing about being a computer science student interviewing for an internship at Apple: There’s no room for error. You can’t BS your way through an Apple interview. If you don’t know the answer, say so. If you made a mistake, own up to it. There’s no chance of “snowing” anybody at Apple over anything tech-related.
- Don’t be a wimp. Apple is known for asking challenging questions. Instead of quaking in your shoes, accept the challenge with enthusiasm. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say something like, “Wow, great question! I’m going to have to think about that one…”
- Start freshman year. If you know you want an internship with Apple for your junior year, get another related internship freshman year. It doesn’t have to be comparable to Apple; it just has to be relevant. Flipping burgers doesn’t count.
- Do some relevant volunteer work. You don’t have to be paid for your efforts for Apple to stand up and take notice. You just have to do something that Apple cares about. There are a ton of non-profits that would fall all over themselves to get IT expertise – find one of them and offer your services.
Landing an internship at Apple might seem like an insurmountable challenge. But Apple hires hundreds of interns each year. There’s no reason you can’t be one of them. Just do your homework, plan ahead, make use of your contacts, and practice, practice, practice.