[By Alex Thompson]
One would think that landing an internship would be easier than landing a job, and in most cases, that’s true. However, that doesn’t necessarily make finding or being hired for an internship an easy thing to achieve. The following are some top tips and tricks on how to discover an internship and make it work best for you.
The first thing every person needs to ask themselves is, “What do I want to get most out of this position?” For some, it may be as simple as an academic requirement for their program. For others, it’s a networking opportunity, a chance to gain experience, or even just getting a taste of an industry they’re still trying to understand. Regardless, knowing what you want out of your internship is the mindset one should always have when searching for that perfect company.
Once you have found where it is you would like to apply, do some simple research on them. A company’s receptiveness to you interning for them can be dependent on many factors, but the most significant are usually whether you are looking for a paid or unpaid position, and whether there is room for an extra pair of hands. Inquiring in, whether to human resources or the company direct, is an excellent way to dip your toes to gauge the temperature of whether you might be an asset for them.
Lastly, when you do accept an internship, ensure that you’re getting the most out of it. Internships may not be a dime-a-dozen, but that doesn’t mean that you should settle for less. Depending on your personal situation, try to look for an internship that offers for some flexibility in schedule and work. Even more importantly, make sure that the work and position you end up having actually connects to your stated goal. There are a number of cases where individuals accept an internship only to realize the actual work they do is completely unrelated to their specific field.
Altogether, stay confident and keep your chin-up. At the end of the day, it is all a personal learning process.
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