Have You Considered an Internship?

| By Maria Goncharenko |

Did you know that you can become an intern in your field of study and get credit for that? WCCC would love to partner with you for you to become an intern in a business or a non-profit organization for additional experience.

According to U.S. News and World Report “University officials and employers almost universally maintain that partaking in an internship—or several, which sets a student apart from his or her peers even more—before graduation is integral to finding meaningful employment in today’s seemingly impenetrable job market.” It is not enough anymore to just get a degree and maintain a high GPA. Employers need to see that you had had some practice in the area you are looking to work in now.  WCCC student, Morgan, explained his internship experience in one sentence; “Real world work is much different than academic world”.

Here are a couple of tips to help you along with getting an internship:

  1. Talk to your advisor or a professor you trust. Ask them what the best targets for internships are in your major. Look for smaller businesses and nonprofit organizations, they always need help and you will definitely learn a lot of things from them.
  2. This should be a tip 0: Do not expect to get paid for an internship (especially in small businesses and nonprofit), but do ask an advisor if this can be credited toward your major.
  3. Your professor/advisor will definitely suggest that to you, find an internship close distance within your home. I was considering up to 40 minute drive to possible internships, but I am so thankful that I only need to drive 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare to enjoy your learning experience! Internships are fun! You get to be in the midst of what you want to do in the future! You get to see what your normal day will look like, you will get to learn some things that you cannot learn in a classroom. The organization I do internship work for helps promote small business in a small town. First of all, I never knew organizations like this existed; second of all, I never thought that it will be so challenging to be submerged in the actual world of business and people with different opinions.

Last Tip: Since our generation is so used to getting things immediately, non-paid internship might feel useless. Nevertheless, remember: even though there will be times when you will think you are wasting your precious time, this is something that gets you closer to the job of your dreams! This is something your future possible employer will read off your resume and put you on the top of the list.

For more information about the benefits of completing an internship, view these articles:

http://www.usnews.com/education/articles/2010/04/15/when-a-degree-isnt-enough

http://internships.about.com/od/internshiptip1/a/Is-An-Internship-Really-All-That-Important.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/04/14/cb.why.internships.important/

 

This is worth the hard work, the dedication, the time spent. AboutCareers states, “Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in the field.”

 

I’ve been to an internship for 4 months now and I can tell that it teaches you far more than a class can. You are put in real life situations, deadlines and problems that require attention, perseverance and hard work far more complicated than a class can prepare you for your future.

Internship article on CNN.com explains “Employers do not create internships just to be nice to students and others interested in a certain career. While an interview or a company test can add to what an employer knows about a person, an internship helps an employer evaluate how an individual would fare in the actual workplace.”

Go and ask your professor now for internship possibilities!

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