Answered by Hector, Hiring Expert at Tenneco, on Saturday, July 14, 2018
Obviously, first off I wish you the best in working towards a healthy recovery.
There are many variables here that need to be considered, that make your question difficult to answer. The first one that comes to mind for me is, are you still in school and if so what classification (junior/senior/etc). If you are still in school, there is still time to get an internship. Not all internships are traditional so you could potentially find opportunities that will work with your work/school schedule.
To answer your question, what can you do? Network, get involved, utilize career services, write an amazing cover letter that includes (assuming you are willing to share) the challenges you faced regarding health, join associations in your field, tag along with a great professor, and do some research!
Regarding what skills, experiences, and accomplishments: This will depend on your field of study or profession. It does vary significantly thus connecting with a great professor or career service professional is probably your first best step (goes hand in hand with having a strong network). The basics are having good leadership traits, which you can gain by getting involved on campus. It is key to demonstrate that you can balance work/extra-curricular activities and other responsibilities outside of just your typical classroom work. Be intentional. If you are studying to be a mechanical engineer, working in a machine shop would stand out. If you are going to be a teacher, volunteering at a local school could potentially catch an employer’s interest.