Internship, Internship, Internship… What to Expect as an Intern.

Students are finding out more and more that just having a college degree is not enough.  Students now need actual industry experience to be more marketable to future employers.  So how are you supposed to get this experience while trying to finish in four years?  You will need internships.  That is plural because the more and more experience you have the better your chances are for getting a great entry-level job.  Here are some tips when looking for those internships:

Intern as much as possible

While you may only be required to do just one internship to graduate, the more internships you can do while in school the better.  Having multiple internships that introduce you to different industries make you a more well rounded candidate for jobs you will be applying to in the future.  Not only does it increase your chances for getting a job, it also helps you figure out what industry you want to work in, what kind of company, etc.

Don’t expect to be paid

Often internships are unpaid.  It can be very difficult to accept that you will be working a lot of hours for nothing, but you have to think of it as an investment into your future and just know that it will be worth it in the end.  You will be getting great experience so try to think of it as another class that you will be paying for.  A lot of internships count towards college credit anyway.

Usually won’t get an entry level job without experience

Why would an employer hire someone who only went to school when they can hire someone else who was not only a student but also held multiple internship positions?  Believe me, there will be people out there, competing for the same jobs as you that have that necessary experience or even more.  Make yourself that person.  Be the experienced one and you will be the one getting the job after graduation.

Possibility of being offered a job

Many times, employers use internships as an opportunity to try out new professionals to see if they want them as future employees.  Internships are a great way to prove how good of an employee you are and that you will be an asset to the company.  If the company you intern for is not hiring, then at least you received great experience and can get help with your job search from employees at the company.

If you are debating about whether or not taking that college internship your sophomore year is worth it, know that it probably is.  The earlier you start the better because you will be able to gain more and more experience so you are ready to enter the real world when it comes time to graduate.  The best advice I can give is to take that unpaid internship in the city you’ve always dreamed of traveling to.  There is no better time to travel to where you want to and get the experience you’ve always wanted.  It will all be worth it when you eventually get your dream job.  Good luck!

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Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski

Laura Szatkowski is a senior at Central Michigan University studying public relations and English. Laura enjoys being busy, juggling work and school, and has plans to one day spend her time traveling abroad. When not busy, Laura, the middle child of three girls, enjoys shopping and spending time with her friends and family.
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