You worked your way up the world, countless nights of not sleeping but learning: blood, sweat, and tears – all it was. Now you’re asking yourself – what’s next?
You decide to go for the internship but are not sure how to get one. Luckily, we’re here to help you through that.
What’s an internship anyway?
An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a student's field of study or career interest. An internship gives a student the opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills. The internship offers regular feedback to the student intern.
How long does the internship last?
So how long is an internship typically? The truth is,there is no easy way to determine an internship duration. In general, employers should consider the duration of the internship as a crucial starting point for potential employment later. Here are a few guidelines regarding the length of internships.
Internships are typically longer than externships, but shorter than temporary jobs. Internship lengths are measured to aspects of the job, the number of hours the intern works every week, and the number of weeks they agree to work.
They can also be part-time or full-time. For many required internships, such as a medical internship, the intern will work full-time and even get a full-time salary. Others might be part-time, working about 5-20 hours every week. Sometimes, there is no set time at all and you can instead simply assign projects to your interns. When they are finished with their assignments, they can leave.
A key factor in determining proper internship length is that it should be long enough so that an intern can get into the rhythm of the position and complete deliverables that are valuable to both the student or recent graduate as well as the employer. Most companies and schools will agree that an average internship of 3-4 months, with 20-35 hours a week, coinciding with a student’s typical summer period is reasonable. But if a position is only for 5-10 hours a week, you might want to consider a 6-8 month internship.
How to get an internship?
1. Use Campus Resources
If you’re a student, go to your campus career center and figure out how to attend career fairs and take part in on-campus recruiting. There may also be job boards for students at your university. These employers are specifically looking for students from your school! Make the most of that university connection and take advantage of how convenient it is to have employers come to you.
2. Go Online
Searching online can be overwhelming, so it’s best to go in with an idea of what you’re looking for, such as a “product management internship” or “editorial internship.”
It’s counterintuitive, but the more you narrow your search, the more manageable it’ll be. You can always stay open to other opportunities as the process unfolds but start with a clear goal.
3. Look at Your Favorite Organizations
If you’re not sure exactly what kind of internship you want to pursue, another direction you can go in, is to check out the company first. Go directly to your target company’s website and see what kind of internship programs and opportunities it offers. If you find one that might be a good fit, apply! After all, a major benefit of an internship is helping you figure out what you want to do post-graduation.
1.TALK TO SOMEONE IN THE FIELD
2.GET YOUR SCHOOL'S HELP
3.ATTEND A JOB FAIR
4.SEEK OUT VALUABLE EXPERIENCE
5. KEEP ON TOP OF DEADLINES
6.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ON-CAMPUS RESUME HELP
7.KNOW THE COMPANY
8.ASK QUESTIONS AT THE INTERVIEW