How To Cold Email For An Internship

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So, have you just graduated from college, and are you now keen to start your first job? Or, you may still be in school and you might be especially keen to get a really great internship from a top firm just to add a little something extra to your resume.

Or, are you looking for a way to grow your career and also advance your knowledge in the career industry that you work in?

In all honesty, it does not matter what the reason behind this is. But, what does matter in all of this is that you are going to have to work hard in order to build networking connections.

An internship can be a really innovative way to be able to connect with the top people in your industry. 

Let’s Talk Cold Emailing

One of the best ways that you can achieve this while also coming across as being professional and corporate is by cold emailing. This is one of the most effective and one of the most affordable ways that you can network within your industry.

However, this is one of the most underused methods of communication – but this is something that should be revolutionized.

Cold emailing can be a key way to gain not just an internship, but other available job opportunities. You will be able to gain key career advice and you will also be able to add a new network of professionals to your contact

list. In fact, a lot of employers will be impressed if you use this strategy as it is really showing a level of initiative. It is true that there are only so many contacts that you can make through the help of your family and also your friends.

This is especially true if you are new to the particular industry. It does take a lot of courage to cold email, but once you have broken through that confidence barrier then you will not think anything of this. 

You will be surprised at the amount of people who do actually respond to cold emailing, you will not be wasting your time in doing this. However, it is important that you make sure that this is something that you do correctly.

Does Cold Emailing Work?

There is no guarantee that this is something that will work. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you will always get a response from sending out cold emails to employers.

However, this is not something that you should let deter you, or this is not something that you should feel resentful of. At the end of the day, you are asking a stranger to make a networking connection with you – and this is not always going to work out. 

However, optimism is key here. You will undoubtedly be surprised at the process and how many replies you end up getting. It is important that you do cold emailing correctly so to encourage responses and not to seem as though you are just writing a spam email.

Important To Remember

There are some things that are important to take into consideration when it comes to cold emailing because you want to make sure this is something that you do in the right way.

You do not want any potential connections to be put off or deterred by the email that you send, as this is the first impression that they are going to get of you. 

First thing’s first, you need to make sure that you have the right contact information for the people that you want to put yourself in touch with. As well as contacting the right people, you need to make sure that you stand out within the emails of this person.

To do this, you really need to pay attention to the content of your email – and you need to make sure you avoid any silly mistakes. Be it a slight spelling or grammar mistake, this can lead to not such a great first impression.

When we talk about contacting the right people, what we mean is getting in touch with people who can deal with your information directly. You can’t rely on a stranger to pass on information on your behalf, because, why would a stranger do this?

They do not have any loyalties to you – so you can’t really blame them if they forget to pass on your email or your contact information.

Should You Follow A Template?

You need to remember the main goal of cold emailing. You are not trying to send a spam email to a wide range of people.

You are going to want to take time really crafting an email that is readable and that also really stands out and feels personal to whoever it is that you are sending the email to. 

You will of course want to follow a structural template when you are crafting these emails in order to keep them as personable as possible.

You are not going to want to send a copy of the same email to your contacts as this will not be engaging in any way. You are not going to want to send a HUGE email.

You want to be concise and you want to be to the point. Are you keen to arrange a call with this person? Are you keen to arrange a video call with the person?

Are you keen to go for a coffee to discuss business opportunities? You need to be confident in what your intentions are and then you need to communicate this with whoever it is that you are emailing.

In Conclusion

It is true that cold emailing can be daunting, especially if you are looking for internship opportunities. However, this is not something that you should be scared of.

In fact, this is something that you should really embrace and take on because you can end up reaping a lot of benefits from doing this.

Sure, not every person who you send an email to will respond – but that is okay. They clearly are not the right people.

The responses that you do get will be a good indicator as to how keen a company would be to have you on board, or just how keen a colleague would be to offer you some advice.

Jamie Willis