Now you are all prepped up to begin applying to opportunities. But where do you begin? Let’s look at a checklist of things you can try.
Think about your goals and interests
Write down you goals in your journal or a document.
Google and find 3 opportunities that align best with your interests and goals
Set Calendar reminders to help you prepare for these opportunities at least 3 weeks before the deadline
Google and locate at least one previous winner of those opportunities and write an email to them requesting for an interview
Interview previous winners
Decide on a project aligned to your goals
Go do the project
Review your goals, opportunities and projects every quarter, rinse and repeat!
Start building your online presence
Set up your blog
Create your Google site website
Set up your Linkedin profile
Set up your Github profile
Create your Resume
Identify recommenders who will be happy to write an LoR for you
If you don’t think there is anyone who can recommend you, start building meaningful relationships with your professors and leaders.
Write Shitty First Draft of answers to common essay questions
We’d love to know if you’ve completed any of these segments. When done, feel free to write in to us at [email protected]. When you write the email remember to keep our email writing best practices in mind.
Once you tick off all items of this list, then it is about focussing on your projects and regularly blogging about your experiences.
It is never too late to start. But it is always good to start early.
Identifying opportunities you wish to apply well in advance and having all the basic materials prepared will save you a lot of time while applying as well.
We hope that you begin working towards your journey of applying to these amazing opportunities today.