It’s Never Too Early For An Internship

I used to think internships were for students that have completed their junior or senior year of college.

I was wrong.

The fact is, it is never too early to start learning. And that is exactly what internships are for, learning.

A common misconception about internships is that the people who apply for them are experts in their field already, when this is far from true.

People are not fluid in their field until they are employed in their careers and sometimes not even then.

Internships are meant to give students practice in what they have learned, and to advance their skills. People who hire interns don’t expect students to be experts, but they should have basic skills in their profession.

Once I discovered this, I realized I could start applying for internships during my freshman and sophomore years of college.

However, there are still a few requirements that typically stretch across the board for intern employers.

Many internships do not offer positions to students who are not at least junior status because they have not developed the skill sets to benefit from the internship.

At many colleges and universities, students don’t take classes related to their major until junior and senior year, which is unfortunate because it limits students’ opportunities to get working in their field early.

Until students have had the enough training in their field and the proper classes to give basic knowledge to be competent in a realistic situation like an internship, they will not be hired.

With that said, if intern employers are able to see that a student applicant has the most basic level of competence in the field, some may be willing to hire students as early as freshman year or the summer following it.

Companies that hire students so early are expecting that a learning curve will come with their position, and want students they can see progress through their college careers, so the keep them around.

Which brings me to my next point.

You can never have too many internships, which is why starting early is always advised.

In the competitive job market today, simply graduating college is not going to land you a job. Neither is having one internship.

Everybody graduates with a diploma and an internship. So what is going to set you apart.

Multiple internships, if possible.

The concept is as simple as the old saying “practice makes perfect.” The more real-world application you can experience before graduation, the more marketable you are to companies once you have your diploma.

The student that has one internship has a chance of getting hired, but the student that has two or three is much better candidate. Having more than one internships shows you are serious and passionate about your career, that you are enthusiastic about learning, and that you were competent enough in your field to be hired multiple times.

Having multiple, versatile internships that are related to your career path will only help you after graduation, and the best way to accomplish this is by starting early.

Remember, if you don’t start applying for internships until the end of junior year, you won’t have enough time to fit in more than one.

So get started early!

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for thecollegehelper.com, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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