It’s that time of year again! School is back in full swing and internships are starting! It’s an exciting but nerve-racking time, especially when you’re experiencing your first internship. If you’re still on the fence about interning or know that it is in your near future, we have helpful information for you too! Check out this week’s round of internship advice below!
Interning as a student is one of the best opportunities you can act on! Interning at a young age before heading out into the job market as a college graduate is an opportunity to see what you like and don’t like. The more experiences you have, the more you can see where you want your career path to go. Check out these internship experience stories from students at Illinois Wesleyan University to gain some inspiration. You’ll without a doubt be applying for internships right after reading this one!
Internships also look great on your resume! Internships help you gain a wider skill set and help you stand out as a candidate. Whether it’s work or internship experience, it’s still experience! Recruiters and hiring managers will take notice of that and all of the hard work you’ve put in. Interning in addition to taking classes isn’t easy and they know that. Find out more about internships and other ways that can maximize your potential as a graduate here!
Unpaid internships have been and still are one of the biggest topics of conversation among college students, colleges, and companies. Some argue that it’s unfair to not be paid though you’re getting college credit, others say you shouldn’t be paid, and some just can’t afford to spend time gaining experience and not getting paid. It’s a tough situation. Students must weigh the pros and cons to decide what’s best for them. Check out some of those pros and cons here and the statistics that show the good, the bad, and the ugly of unpaid internships.
Now that you’ve established that you’d like to go out and intern, it’s time for some preparation! Maybe you’ve already applied to some and have landed an interview! Congratulations! Now, what can you expect next? An interview for an internship is extremely similar to interviewing for a job and ALWAYS treat it as so. Check out these common internship interview questions that you can use to help prepare yourself ahead of time.
So with the help of the last article, you’ve landed the internship! Now time for some more preparation! You want to make a lasting impression and show that you are the star intern. If you’re always putting your best foot forward and excelling in all that you can, you never know, you could get hired full time in the future! Regardless, you should be putting in your all. This is the best opportunity to gain new skills, grow, and learn. And if you make a mistake, don’t let it get you down. Check out the ultimate guide to starting your internship to help prep for the big first day!
We hope this round of advice helps you excel in your first, second, or whatever internship you may be on! It’s always good to freshen up on the latest business trends and make sure you are standing out as the perfect candidate.