Preparing for Experiential Learning Applications

Resumes and Cover Letters

Many experiential learning opportunities require a resume and cover letter for their applications. Refer to the resources below to get started, and schedule a visit with your coordinator for a resume or cover letter review.

Visiting a Career Fair

Consider attending one of the many career fairs on campus. Prepare in advance by reviewing the list of attendees and posted positions and practicing your elevator pitch.

Practice Your Pitch

Prepare a 30-second pitch that includes your academics, work experience, skills, and career goals. Highlight the most relevant and important experiences for the specific employer. Practice with a friend, in front of a mirror, and with your coordinator.

 
Example Pitch

Hi, my name is Alex Longhorn. I’m a first-year history major taking business coursework to help prepare me for a position in marketing. Your office interests me because you value diversity and sustainability, which are two things I value as well. I am very excited about the internship position you posted on HireALonghorn and applied last week. I believe I would be a good fit for the position because of my extensive experience in marketing and event planning for PALS in high school and my dedication to helping spread awareness to the campus about diversity issues. Would you like to see my resume?

 
Interacting with Recruiters

Introduce yourself and share your elevator pitch. Afterward, be prepared to discuss your knowledge of their company, any relevant work experience or projects, and their opportunities. Plan to review the company’s website in advance to help prepare for the conversation. Consider asking the recruiter questions you have about the company. End the conversation by asking for a business card and thanking them for their time. Use the business card to send a thank you email afterward.

 

Business Casual and Business Professional Clothing

Business casual and business professional clothing is often required when attending career fairs and interviews. See this guide from Stetson University to plan your outfit. The ULN Experiential Learning Expo requires business casual attire.

Resources

Visit UT Outpost’s Career Closet for free business casual and professional clothing.

Consider going to local thrift stores or off-campus stores like JCPenney, Ross, and T.J.Maxx. Outlet malls can be a great place to find highly discounted items. Check out online stores like ASOS, Boscov’s, and New York & Company for affordable professional clothing.

Interviews

Plan to practice your responses to these common interview questions. We encourage you to schedule a mock interview with your college career service office or your coordinator.