Summer Internships….. But, but, WHY?

Some of you are probably thinking, “Working during the SUMMER!?  We cannot taint the sacred days of summer with anything other than fun in the sun!”  However, doing a summer internship can have many benefits!  Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether to intern this summer or not.

You can make sure you’re in the right field.  The earlier you start looking for/and completing internships the better!  With that, the sooner you get into the workforce, the sooner you’ll know if you’re studying the right thing.  A lot of people find out during internships that this job is not for them and they may need to change their career path or major.

You could find out which type of companies you may or may not want to work for.  By having an opportunity to immerse yourself in a company’s culture, you can learn what you want and don’t want from a company.

You can earn credits for school or get paid.  Sometimes companies have programs for pay or they offer credits through your university.  Some majors even require some sort of internship credit to graduate.

You get REAL work experience and can build your portfolio.  When you go to apply for a job after graduation, you will have examples of real life work situations and, in a lot of cases, examples of work you’ve done.  That gives you an edge when you’re competing against someone who didn’t do internships and only has group projects and homework as examples of work experience.

You could go somewhere cool!  If you have a dream destination to live, like New York City, doing an internship with a company located there will help you experience that place first hand.  You can learn about the different opportunities and companies in that area that would cater to your needs, and decide if you really want to live there in the long run.

You can build your network.  Having contacts in the professional world or past employers from internships can a great resource for letters of recommendation.  You could use their connections in other companies you want to work for to learn more about job opportunities and land interviews.

Remember, it’s never too early to start looking for those internships.  A lot of companies are posting summer positions on their websites and recruiting for them now.  So prepare yourself for the hunt!  Stop by the CCO and get your resume critiqued or make an appointment with one of our career counselors to help you figure out a career path and point you in the right direction!

Already have some internships to tell about?  Fill out the CCO’s Internship Survey and let us know about your past internships!

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