The topic of internships may not seem timely for you, but before you surf off to another page, here are a few things to consider.
- Early spring is the perfect time for all students (high school and college) to begin making summer plans.
- Although most internship programs are geared towards college students, there are opportunities for high school students. These same tips may help high school students set up a “shadow day” rather than a full internship, but the value of that experience shouldn’t be discounted.
Job experience is helpful when applying to college, but essential when college graduates begin their job search. Students who have not had internships during college will stand out (and not in a good way.)
No matter which field of study you choose, an internship can be invaluable. Some high school students will be fortunate enough to secure an internship prior to graduation, but for college students, and internship is a must for a few reasons. One is to have practical work experience in your chosen and the other is to get a foot in the door of a company you may someday wish to work for.
What are the best ways to find and land an internship?
- Begin with your College or University – Almost every school will have a career planning or placement center. Speak with someone in the office about internships. If nothing else they will be able to point you in the right direction to get started.
- Research Online – There are no shortage of Internet resources relating to internships. Websites such as campusaccess.com offer you invaluable resources such as job postings and internship advice.
- Be willing to go abroad – Some internship opportunities can be found abroad. Be sure the ones you are looking at are open to international students and that you have the proper qualifications. Internships abroad require additional research and preparation.
- Treat your internship as you would a real job. – Many students secure their first job after college as a result of internship work; treat your internship like an extended interview. Both in your search and your internship itself act in a professional and responsible manner. Whether or not you are being paid for your internship, all eyes will be on you, so put your best foot forward.
- Prepare yourself for your interview – Be sure to go to your interview prepared. Research the company you wish to work for thoroughly, dress professionally, and have someone run you through a test interview before you attend the real deal.
An internship can open many doors, provide valuable work experience, and plump up your resume. There are resources available to help you find companies with an internship program. Once you find one, the rest is up to you.