/ Asked by Jack
I am in my third year of college and switched majors into computer science and need to secure an internship for the 2015 summer, but my overall GPA is only 2.36 (3.30 GPA in major classes). How can I get companies to give me a chance, as I am now very focused and have "cleaned up my act"? Any advice???
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
To show your commitment to computer science, I would strongly recommend working on side projects where you can showcase your technical skills in the field.  If you have a website or projects you completed due to your computer science skills, you will want to highlight this on your resume.  Remember that the best resumes are those that are filled with accomplishments versus descriptions.  If you finding an increase in your GPA term after term, add that as accomplishment.  For example - Increased GPA 40% over 3 semesters, upon changing majors from sociology to computer science, resulting in a 3.30 Major GPA. 
During the career fair, you will want to have your elevator pitch ready to help the recruiter/company feel convinced you are worth the taking the chance on.   Provide a high level summary of what has helped you increase your GPA and why you made the switch.  Be honest and genuine, allowing recruiters to feel your passion for your career in computer science and for their organization.  Stay in contact and network with the individuals you meet from the various companies, and this will, hopefully, help you get your foot in the door.  Best of Luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I would recommend highlighting your major GPA on your resume to show you are successful in your major classes. Some companies have strict guidelines around GPA requirements but other companies may have more flexibility. In my experience, the paid internships will be the most competitive. Although it’s probably not ideal for you to accept an unpaid internship, you may want to explore that as an option to have the experience on your resume. As you begin looking for full-time employment in your senior year, your previous work experience will be the most important portion of your resume. I would encourage you to gain as much experience in your field as you can through a potential unpaid internship, class projects, student organizations, leadership roles, etc. It would also be a great idea to network with as many companies and individuals as possible. The more connections you can make, the better your chances of obtaining an internship. You should also speak with your career services office at school. They may have insight on potential internships you would be qualified for.
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I recommend creating a cover letter to go along with your resume, which will allow you to explain your background and the reason for your GPA. Provide as much detail as possible about the lessons learned along the way in getting to where you are today, and highlight your skills and how these will be valuable for the internship in which you are applying. Best of luck! - Betsy, Accenture campus recruiter
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