Three Reasons to Do an Internship
- With more and more people doing internships, employers are coming to expect to see them listed on the resumes of potential employees.
- Internships often turn into job offers. All the more reason to do an internship and to take the job very seriously -- it is the first impression you make on who may be a future employer.
- An internship is a great way to get an inside glimpse of a company, an industry, and a particular occupation. It can help you discover if the career you are considering is right (or wrong) for you.
Two Reasons Not to Do an Internship
- Internships either pay very little or nothing at all. If you absolutely have to earn money, you may decide against doing one.
- Internships sometimes involve performing menial tasks.
How to Find an Internship
- Visit Your College Career Center: If you are currently attending college, your career center may be a good resource for finding internships.
- Use Internship Databases: If you are not in school, or if you find the career center is not a good resource, you may seek out an internship on your own. There are several databases available on the Web that list internships both in the United States and abroad.
How to Evaluate an Internship Setting
- Read the Internship Description: While many internships exist to nurture budding professionals, there are others which serve only to provide the employer with cheap (or free) labor. Make sure you are going to get what you need out of an internship.
- Research the Company: Learn as much about the internship site as possible. This will not only help you decide whether a setting is a good one, but it will also make you a more knowledgeable interviewee.
- Talk to Former Interns: You will want to hear about the experiences of those who went before you. Talk to students who have interned at the site in which you are interested. Talk to your college's internship coordinator who may have kept a record of interns' feedback or can provide you with the names of former interns.