Tips, Tricks, and How to Do AWESOME in Your Career
As a former student, I know how important internships are to majority of students. It’s not only going to help you learn more about the industry of your field but that one experience of an internship can help boost you up to a future job. Getting internships, to be honest, can be quite a challenge and in fact, one summer during college, I have gone through 5(!!!) internship interviews for two months of the summer. Most of these internships were paid positions except for one and for some, I haven’t heard back from.
Anyways, if you’re looking for an internship and want to begin your search, first consider if you want an unpaid one or a paid internship. You might end up limiting your choices or being open to both options. Below are pros and cons of what an unpaid or a paid internship has:
Internships are getting more competitive and while the job market can be to blame, the reason can also be the process of eliminating intern candidates is a crucial step for companies. We know that paid internships are looked into more than unpaid internships but did you know that having an internship and being treated like an employee of the job is a great experience for some? It also helps you get experience and acquire the skills you need out of a position you hope to attain for a job and that can be valuable enough to some. Non-profit organizations have more unpaid internships and sometimes they can be a for-profit organization too. Those for-profit organizations may be accepting unpaid interns but that for-profit organization can be a huge brand or company that others would love to just have the opportunity to work for. This would be a smart choice if you have a way of source where you can get your income support from rather than relying on the internship to support you financially.
If you have already experienced an unpaid internship and believe that the stepping stone to your career now is paid, then consider this. Paid internships are ideal for people (like me) who want to kill two birds with one stone: get paid and get valuable experience and growth out of it. It’s also a good idea for those who are financially struggling and want to make an income out of their temporary job. You might also think for the hard work you do, you might believe you need to be compensated for it and believe that a paid internship will benefit you.
Now here are a few questions you can ask yourself to make a decision:
Or you can just opt for college credit if required and either one may help you on it. Either way, interning for whichever it is can both give you the opportunity to possibly make it a job, not that there are any guarantees but remember to always stay optimistic and hopeful! I hope this helps you on your decisions.
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I'm Gabrielle! I went to school for Strategic Communication and PR. I knew since I was little I always wanted to be in the Comm. field. Flash forward years later, I am making that reality and constantly learning how to do a kick ass job in it. I am still learning but along the way, I've had trials and errors and then successes. I want to share with you guys my tips on some of the things I've learned in my field. Just like how I am dedicated as an avid explorer, I put my dedication in work too.