I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at National Council for Research on Women in July 2012.
Interview Details –
I did plenty of research on the organization early. In addition, knowing that the hiring process is on a rolling basis, I submitted my application a month in advance, and did everything possible to show that I wanted this internship. For instance, I also reached out to an employee who is an alumna of the college I attend for an informational interview in advance and emailed the interviewer to let her know.
The interviewer asked about my background, my connection to the two NCRW employees, and whether I had an academic background in Women's Studies (I haven't, but I keep up with women's issues), and leadership experience. I think the interview was supposed to be around 30 min, but mine was significantly longer in response to the situation and because I wanted to make sure I got through all of my talking points. It was ok in my case, but it is not a move everyone should follow.
Other advice: make your application impeccable, do your research, and follow instructions.
I recently read through applications as the informal first wall applicants have to get through. Knowing that the task gave me serious responsibility, I personally spent more time reading them than I've heard most places do, but it was disheartening to see how many people wrote carelessly and generically, and could not follow all the application instructions.
Interview Question –
NCRW prefers to hire upperclassmen and those with Master's. What do you have to say about your lack of experience compared to other candidates?
--This question threw me for a moment because it and some other preceding questions made me feel that despite my solid extracurriculars and leadership experience and pretty good interview thus far, I was not going to be able to convince my interviewer to hire me. I think behind her statements that NCRW prefers upperclassmen because they have more research experience, probably was also concern about my GPA (which is not bad, but not yet in the range I want). View Answer
Negotiation Details – The internship is unpaid but offers a daily stipend to cover transportation costs and lunch, so there was not too much to negotiate. I wanted to, and agreed to work full time. NCRW is a small non profit, so I'd advise agreeing to work full time.
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