Perfect Packet Hints
Applying for an internship with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is like applying for most jobs. We suggest you take time to make your application looks as professional as possible. Additionally, be sure you are applying for an internship that is a good match for your major and experience, your professional goals, and your academic background.
- This should not be a reiteration of your college transcripts. While it is appropriate, at times, to highlight skills learned in classes, your resume should have new and pertinent information.
- While your Workplace Alaska application may include some of the same information, it is important to attach a clean resume along with your application.
- A cover letter should address why you are interest in the position you are applying for, as well as highlight relevant work experience, education, and any skills requested in the internship recruitment.
- If there are particular experiences and skills identified in the recruitment bulletin as desired for the position, be sure to address those in your cover letter.
- A cover letter allows the applicant to showcase their writing skills, which may be a skill requested or required for the position.
- Focus your cover letter to the particular internship (and supervisor) you are applying for at that time. Many supervisors ask for particular strengths and abilities to be shown or addressed in a cover letter, and if they are not addressed you may be eliminated from the applicant pool.
- Transcripts do not need to be official as long as they are from your school and they are current. There is no need to pay money or wait days or weeks to get an official transcript.
- We use transcripts to determine your eligibility and also your experience. We need to see:
- Cumulative GPA and credits earned
- Your major (this is needed when you are applying for level III and IV internships)
- Classes in which you are currently enrolled (including course numbers and credits)
- If your transcript does not include all of these items, contact us to determine what supplemental information we can use to determine your eligibility.
Most college campuses have Career Services Offices that give feedback and help with creating resumes and cover letters. We strongly recommend you find out where the Career Services Office is on your campus and set up an appointment.
- Surprisingly, many resumes and cover letters contain errors. It is very important to spell-check any documents that you are required to submit. You may have a really competitive resume, but spelling and grammatical mistakes could cost you an interview.
- Have other people review your resume and cover letter to spot any errors, including alignment, addresses, formalities, etc. You may have missed a few things.
Submit ALL materials
- Having an incomplete application packet will remove you from being considered for the position. Be sure to read the recruitment carefully and all forms need to be complete and signed, and all pieces of the packet must be present and in a readable format.
- Be aware of the application deadline. Keep in mind; you do not have to wait until the deadline to submit materials. Late materials will not be accepted–removing you from the applicant pool for that specific position.
- If you have questions about the position itself (what you’ll be doing, start and end dates, or questions about the location), please address those questions to the supervisor listed on the recruitment bulletin.
- If you have questions about eligibility, application materials, etc., please check the FAQ page as we have addressed the most common questions there.