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How to land an internship/research through cold-emailing

In our last article, we have compiled a list of opportunities specifically for this summer. In this article, we will talk more in general about how to land an internship through the various platforms available and cold-emailing. Although it is commonly believed that cold-emailing isn't effective, by utilizing these tips down below, you will have a much greater chance of finding a research opportunity or an internship.


No pun intended, but the research here means that you need to make sure you have a clear understanding on what the professor/company you are emailing does. DO NOT use a generic template and bcc everyone. Personalize each email and make sure you demonstrate interest.

2. Create an Interesting Email Subject Line

While your email is very likely to be submerged in thousands of emails that the other end receives everyday, you do have a chance to stand out by creating an eye-catching subject line. What considers eye-catching? Well, questions over narrations, and don't just say "high school student looking for an internship". Be creative. Be bold.

3. Showcase Yourself

In the email, you should briefly introduce yourself and your past experience, especially those that you think the lab/company would be interested in. You should also attach your resume. Even if you don't have related experience in the industry, show them that your ability to learn and your other qualities.

4. Stay Professional

Although you should talk about your previous experiences, make it concise and format it so that it's not hard to follow. Avoid grammatical errors and incomplete sentences as well. Show that you are a professional who is ready to take on this opportunity.

5. Respond and Follow Up

If the professor or the company responds, congrats! You are on your way to accomplish great things! Make sure you respond ASAP to confirm the position, or schedule a time for the interview. If they haven't responded within a week, don't give up and send them a follow-up email. This email should only be a couple of sentences reminding them about your previous email. Again, don't get upset when you don't get a response. Keep trying until you do.

That's it for our tips on how to cold-email someone! Additionally, here are some websites that you could use to find internships/research:

  • Linkedin: one of the biggest professional networking platform. There are tons of opportunities posted and you should definitely join if you haven't already.

  • Glassdoor: Not only does Glassdoor provides internship opportunities, it also gives reviews about a company and salaries for different occupations. You could utilize this website to get a better understanding of your employer and your job.

  • WayUp: A website that matches companies with interns. Most companies here respond within a short amount of time so you don't need to worry about not hearing back.

  • You local community website: cities and county often have summer training opportunities for students, and many are even paid internship. Go on the website of your county and search the keyword "high school".

Good luck finding a research/internship opportunity! Hope this helps!


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