By Lucy Allarie-Gosselin, Berkshire Center C-STEP Career Coordinator
Helping prepare students for internships is a process. One of the things we try to do is prepare our students to do cold calling when seeking out an internship that would best suit their needs. We ask a student to research the company they will be calling and find out pertinent information that would help them once they dial that number and make the call. One must sound knowledgeable about the company they are seeking to intern at.
The following is a sample Cold Call that a student might use:
Hello my name is Lisa could I please speak to the person in charge of internships. Hello, Ms. Smothers, I am an Early Childhood major at the community college and my academic tutor Ms. Markham suggested I call you to discuss the possibility of an internship under your direction at Funky Town Day Care.
I have heard many wonderful things from all of my instructors at the college about you and your day care center and am calling to get more information. Ms. Smothers might say how nice of you to call and you might reply, is there a time I could come in Ms. Smothers and meet with you and discuss my interning for you at Funky Town Day Care?
She might say yes, let me check my calendar make sure you are prepared to be available one of the times she suggest, do not make excuses of why you cannot make it one of the times she suggest, make yourself available. If by chance Ms. Smothers cannot meet with you or will not take you as an intern, make sure you say, I appreciate you taking time to speak with me today and would you have a name of another day care center that might be looking for an intern.
Make sure you are speaking clearly and that you have done your research and know the facts about the place you are calling to get an internship, know the days and times you are available. Have your resume in front of you when you are speaking to someone so you have a quick reference of what you have done.?