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4 Tips: How to land your summer internship

Tips for How to Land Your Summer Internship - Charles River Associates

At CRA, we’re always on the lookout for new talent that can help take our firm to the next level. Our summer internships are a great way for recent and soon-to-be-graduates to get a taste of the exciting and ever-evolving world of consulting, while laying a solid foundation for their careers.

If you’ve ever wanted to work at a global firm that puts a strong emphasis on integrity, collaboration, resourcefulness, and accountability—with a culture that truly values diversity, equity, and inclusion—this is your opportunity.

Below are four actionable tips on how to apply—and how CRA can help get you started on the path to a successful future.

1. Narrow Your Search: Having trouble choosing internships to apply for? Try searching for an internship based on location and academic interest—challenge your curiosity!

2. Set A Timeline, Stick to It: Most often, it’s best to submit your application as soon as possible. So set a deadline for when to submit your materials (we recommend 5-7 days from when you find the opportunity), and backwards plan the steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal.

3. Connect the Dots: Some internships require specific academic, extracurricular, and/or professional experience. Be sure to connect the dots in your resume and cover letter—showing how your experience matches what they’re looking for. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all perfect internship; the best internship for you will be the one where there is alignment between what the company needs and what you find an enjoyable use of your strengths.

4. Remember to Proofread: Firms receive many dozens of qualified applicants for each opening they seek to fill. Make sure the first impression you convey is polished, professional, and attentive to detail—particularly if the role requires those skills. Avoid distracting typos and grammatical errors to allow your strengths to shine through in your application.

Landing the right internship isn’t easy. But the more research you do, the likelier you are to find the best fit. With dozens of openings in locations around the world, CRA might just have what you’re looking for.

Remember, our internships fill up fast, so make sure to apply today! View all internship opportunities here: