What Kind of Internship Should I Look For?

It is well-known that to get a job in today’s society, one must have some form of experience. Internships are helpful in this regard: They are designed to give you experience. Sometimes they’re paid, which makes things a little easier. Many, however, will be “paying” you with experience and college credit. So other than that, what should you look for in your internship search?

When it comes to internships, you should try to find one that is in your desired field. If you want to go into advertising, try to look for internships with marketing teams who work on ads. If you want to publish, look for internships that give you access to publishing. Direct experience with a field is often helpful; even if you only work on smaller projects or with a group, you’ll be able to use the information you gathered toward making yourself marketable.

Of course, we can’t always get internships that are directly related to our fields. At that point, it’s good to consider what might be made relatable. Skills cross over to different trades. In this instance, it’s good to practice writing and speaking about how the experience you did have is relevant to your future job.

Another thing to look for is the environment in which you want to work. Do you want a large group of people to work with, or small? Do you want individual projects, or do you want to work as a team member? Fast deadlines, or long? What will your duties as an intern be? Will you be working full- or part-time? These are just a few of the factors you want to look for in an internship.

Lastly, many companies looking for interns also want full-time employees. See if there are opportunities after your internship for the company to hire you (assuming you’ve done a good job, of course). If you can intern with a company multiple years, there might be an increased chance of this option.

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Ellen Andersen

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