Many undergraduates take on internships and other forms of short term and seasonal work to gain experience, build relationships, and stick their toes into their future industry’s water. When considering internship opportunities, finding the perfect one can seem daunting. But it isn’t. Here are a few key things to consider before deciding if an internship or temp position is right for you.
Job duties. The scope of the work you will be performing will help you determine if it’s something you’d enjoy doing, or, at least, wouldn’t mind doing to gain experience. Most of the time, the internship description, duties, and expectations are provided when you apply. But if it isn’t, reach out to the company, or ask during the interview.
Look at the location. Many internships are set in a single location, and you either have to live nearby, or travel to their headquarters; however, many more internships are popping up online. Virtual internships allow you to intern for the company without being physically in their office. There are pros and cons to both of these options, so decide which will benefit you the most.
Compensation. Many internships are non-paid, but some do compensate. Does the non-paid option exceed the relationships and experience you’ll gain from the paid one? Just because an internship is paid doesn’t make it better.
Future employment. If you’d like to be employed by your interning company after you graduate, ask the company how many positions are filled by past interns. Ask them about entry level jobs and possible full-time work as well. If you just want experience, but are indifferent to being hired after or not, this may not be a determining factor for you.
What do you look for in promising internship opportunities? What makes an internship promising?