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Old 12-17-2013, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I have a list of possible places where I could get internships for next semester which I got from my academic advisor. He told me that I cannot apply the ones most relevant to my major since they require a Public Health background in courses, which as a freshman, I don't have yet however I could apply for the ones with "administrative" duties. This list includes mainly non-profits (like the American Red Cross) and some community health centers, with websites for some places and an email address for all in which I could contact. Some of these websites include online applications for internships, but some don't, which leads me to the following question:

How should I go about contacting these employers? Would I attach my resume in the email? Do I customize the resume for each company (since jobs from all of them should be similar)? Anything else I should know?

My ultimate goal would be to get a paid spring semester internship working roughly 20 hours a week, since I would need a car to get to most of these places and I'm a full-time student, but I'm mainly trying to get a foot in the door to improve said resume, which has very little on it to be frank. I have no "professional" work experience, only two high school jobs with one in a restaurant and the other at an amusement park.

Also, on a question somewhat related, should I reasonably expect to be offered a wage from non-profits like the American Heart Association, the Red Cross, etc?

P.S. I have family who isn't helping me because they don't want me to work while in school, and the career services closed for Winter Break. That's why this question is being asked, before you ask me about it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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You should tailor your resume to ever single job you apply for.

If you are emailing inquiring about a job, always attach a resume. This cuts out them saying yes we are hiring and then waiting for you to send back another email with a resume.

Don't listen to your academic adviser. Apply to every internship you feel like! If the place requires you to have something that you don't, then you don't get hired. If they don't care that you're a freshman, then that is up to them, and not your adviser.

Being a freshman, I'd imagine that a lot of your internships will probably be unpaid.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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You should tailor your resume to ever single job you apply for.

If you are emailing inquiring about a job, always attach a resume. This cuts out them saying yes we are hiring and then waiting for you to send back another email with a resume.

Don't listen to your academic adviser. Apply to every internship you feel like! If the place requires you to have something that you don't, then you don't get hired. If they don't care that you're a freshman, then that is up to them, and not your adviser.

Being a freshman, I'd imagine that a lot of your internships will probably be unpaid.
Ok thank you for your advice! How exactly would I tailor the resume? I would understand if the internships gave job descriptions but most don't, only a person to contact about the internship.
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