Internships often provide hands-on experience that will help you land your first full-time job.
Movies or TV show often portray an intern as someone who takes coffee orders and makes photocopies. In reality, internships often provide hands-on experience that will help you land your first full-time job.
Not only will it teach you new skills, but it also can give you a leg up when applying for future jobs.
What Can An Internship Do For You?
There are several categories of internships including co-ops, fieldwork, practicums, service learning, externships, and apprenticeships. It’s up to you to determine which one fits your needs.
While hunting for the perfect internship, consider:
As you do your research, find out when the job will begin and end. Some internships only last for the summer, while others can last for years. Some even have flexible schedules, which are great for students.
Your time as an intern will:
Where Do You Find An Internship?
An easy way to find an internship is by talking to your friends and family. Also, check out your college’s career center.
There are a number of websites that will help you find an internship. You can narrow down your search by location, major, compensation, and time frame.
Here’s a partial list of sites that list internships:
Now, how do you get that perfect internship…?
Prepare a Résumé
Your résumé is your ticket to an interview. It outlines your education, experience, and skills in one page. A cover letter explains why you want the position and the qualities you have that make you a great candidate.
It’s important to tailor your résumé for each internship you apply for. Read each job description carefully to understand the skills and experience the company is looking for.
Ace Your Interview!
It’s easy to get nervous for a big interview. One way to stay calm and cool is to prepare yourself:
And once you get to the interview, keep these things in mind:
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