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As a college graduate, you may think you’re over internships. You may hold the belief that you’ve earned your degree, and now you deserve to be paid for your work. You’re absolutely right! However, there are situations in which a post-graduate internship could work to your advantage! Here are five benefits to obtaining an internship, even after you’ve paid your academic dues and hold the piece of paper to prove it!
It Pays In Experience: There are some jobs you cannot obtain until you’ve had on-the-job experience. Teachers are required to student teach or sub before having the right to their own classroom. Some publishing companies require time be spent at workshops, conferences, and classes to become eligible for hire. Any experience you have in your field will make you a more attractive person in the job market.
It Beats Retail: Many college graduates find themselves unhappy in sales and food service jobs while they hold their degrees in other interests, simply because they needed a job out of college, and this is where they got hired. By taking on an internship while working part time, college graduates can make money while continuing to do what they love.
It Can Open Doors: As a post-grad intern, you may already have the qualifications and experience for positions at that company. Since most companies today tend to hire in-house or through networking, you’re increasing your chances of earning a permanent position. Your employers are also likely to know other employers in the field, and may be able to point you in the direction of an opening. At very least you could get an on-the-job letter of recommendation.
It Beats Unemployment: If you’re having a stroke of bad luck when it comes to the job market, spend a few weeks interning instead of in your pajamas searching job boards. It’s impressive to say you spent your time unemployed working for free, and using your skills consistantly will keep them sharp! Lastly, after weeks of applying for jobs, you may not be turning in your best work to potential employers. An internship will give you a break to rejuvenate your motivation! You’ll also have something else to add to your resume!
It’s A Chance to Meet Colleagues: You probably know lots of other people who are in the same field as you, because you’ve spent four years in classes with them. But meeting people in your field who haven’t gone to your college, or are a few years older than you, may be highly beneficial. Spend a few minutes digging their brains over coffee or lunch every now and then. They may not know where you can find a job, but they may have knowledge and experience in areas you don’t, and would be willing to share a few things. It also doesn’t hurt to have a few people in your pocket you can count on should you need their help or advice later.
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You’ve probably heard from countless teachers, counselors and parents that the best way to build your resume for college is to do well in school, participate in clubs, rack up those volunteer hours and work a part-time job. All of those things are great and will look pretty flashy on your college application, but have you ever considered an internship? Sure you’re only in high school, but here are four reasons you might want to apply for an internship before you graduate:
The Obvious Resume Builder: Having an internship while you’re still in high school will demonstrate to college admissions your hunger to learn—especially considering that most internships are unpaid. It can help prove that you’re motivated, that you go above and beyond, and that you’d be an asset to fall’s incoming freshman class.
Insight on Your Future Major: Yesterday you wanted to be a high-powered lawyer. Today you’re thinking more along the lines of becoming a super chill art teacher. Tomorrow, who knows what will pique your interest? Applying for—and hopefully getting—an internship in a field you think you’re interested in is a proven way to figure out what you truly like. If you love your internship and choose to major in that area, you already have a little insight and experience that most college freshmen won’t have. If you decide you don’t like the field in which you completed your internship, you saved your future self a lot of extra time and tuition.
You Probably Have the Time: As a high school student, you are in a unique position. You have three months of summer vacation, and you probably don’t have to work forty hours a week to pay your bills. Before you’re bombarded with harder classes, more papers, and eventually a full-time job with major bills to pay, explore some of your interests through internships while you’re still comfortably living with your parents.
A View of the Real World: Going through high school can be like living in a bubble. It’s important to gain an accurate perspective of what the “real world” is like. Between Bring Your Child to Work Day and your first real job, there’s not a lot of time between to get a glimpse of what having a real job is like. A strong perspective on what you’re going to college for will help you to see the big picture as you go through your coursework.
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Entering your college years is like stepping into a vortex of fun, fatigue and the constant search for that perfect internship.
College, being your first real taste of independence will, for most people, be fun. And, for most people, the delicate balance of academics and procrastination will turn you into a zombie. But even truer a constant than these two collegiate states of existence is the fact that you’ll feel like Frodo Baggins on an epic mission to track down that dream of an internship before anybody else snatches it.
The perfect student internship could be the gateway to your dream job after graduation.
So, how do you get a hold of a great summer internship?
While there’s no such thing as a “bad” internship, one that has a little something to do with your interests and career goals might be the place to start. After that, you’ll want to look up.
Networking may seem like an intimidating process, but it’s easier than you think. Talk to parents, professors, friends of the family, anybody with a few good years on you whose role in the working world you admire. Let them know what type of internship you’re interested in, and ask them if they have any colleagues or friends they can put you in contact with. Remember, it’s called “Networking” because it doesn’t just stop at one contact–if that were the case it would be called “Lining.” One new contact can lead to a, ahem, NETWORK, of other contacts you could and should reach out to.
- Treat all people with whom you come in contact with respect, courtesy and professionalism
- Don’t put off getting in touch with a contact if you can’t see the direct effect it might have for your internship search
When it comes to “reaching out,” you want to tread carefully. For example, sending a mass email to all of your contacts at once is poor form. Instead, keep the email personal and concise. If you are contacting a person you’ve never spoken to before, clarify in the subject line how you know them and what you might be looking for. For example: “Given your name by Al Bundy” or “Referred by: Peggy Bundy. Seeking Career Advice.”
People’s email get overloaded with spam and bad jokes, so make sure that your email stands out with brevity and clarity.
Within your email, introduce yourself with a brief bio and what you are looking to do (long-term). Avoid write out your entire resume at all costs. Think more along the lines of 1-2 sentences. Also, don’t email a person blindly. Do some research about their company to prove your genuine interest. Do not ask for a job. I repeat: Do not ask for a job. That part is understood and if the contact wants to help you, they will follow up with either an internship opportunity or another person to contact.
Sometimes, you won’t get a response at all. In that case, brush your shoulders off and move on.
- Ask for advice or any other questions you might have about the company, the internship, the contact’s experience
- Carefully edit your emails for spelling errors. Your computer’s spell-check is not infallible.
- Don’t assume the contact will help you
- Don’t demand the contact to help you
Always, always, always thank the people who help you. No matter how far along they get you–whether to an interview or just answering a basic question about their line of work–say “thank you.” Sending an email 24-48 hours after your meeting, interview or informational session will keep you in their minds and let them know that you’re a courteous person. Nobody wants to work with a jerk. So if you’re a jerk, a congenial thank you email can be a helpful disguise.
Thank you “DO’s”:
- Remind the contact who you are
- Make a connection to how your skills would help their company
Thank you “DON’Ts”:
- Don’t send a “Thanks for nothin’” email
- Don’t send a sob story about why you need this internship
The best piece of advice we can give you is to go at your internship search with an open mind. You never know what you might find to fill your summer.
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