Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 4, 2013
It is typical to begin searching for internships during or after your sophomore year in college. This would give you two internships to place on your resume when you begin your search for full-time employment, assuming you do not go on to grad school. When searching for internships, companies are typically looking at the types of projects on which you have worked, your community involvement, your GPA (usually, 2.8 or higher is required), and your communication skills. Regarding the first three items, it is important to clearly display these on your resume. Your communication skills are demonstrated in every interaction you have with a prospective employer, including cover letters and resumes. Strong written communication skills are important, as are verbal communication skills. When speaking and interacting with prospective employers, it is important to display confidence, but not overconfidence, passion for what you want to do, and a desire to always push yourself to a new level.