Internships are a great way to step into the real world. While they do not offer any guarantee of a stable position, they open the door to many opportunities. If we start seeing internships as investments instead of hobbies, there are numerous benefits we can get from these experiences.
When you decide to intern, there are a few things you should look for:
Internships are a great way for you to learn more. Whether it is to see how people interact with each other inside the office, learn more about the corporate world or simply see if working full-time is the best option for you, internships will put you in the environment you need in order to understand things better. Keep in mind that it is a season for you to figure out what you really want.. So be open to new learning experiences. Internships might open your eyes to things you haven’t taught of doing before. It might bring out talents that you never knew you possessed. It is a way to discover your own abilities. Do not be so focused on one thing that you close the doors to the many other things you can learn form this experience.
Do not seek the easy road. Instead, look for an internship that will challenge you and stretch you outside of your comfort zone. Internships are the perfect opportunity to see how you handle challenges and difficulties in the workplace. See it as an occasion to grow and build yourself up for the future difficulties.
Do not stay isolated. Work with others and learn more about team building. This will be a very useful tool for the future. The ability to work in team is a quality many recruiters are looking for. The work you accomplish in teams during your internship will be a great line to add to your resume.
Do not wait for people to tell you what to do. Get involved without stepping on others work. Seek opportunities and make suggestions. Remember it is all about acquiring as much knowledge as possible. If there is something you can help out with, suggest your help. If you can help set up a meeting, do not hesitate to approach the boss and tell him/her. It is all about identifying the cracks where you can grow and acting upon them.
A future job
An internship opens the door to many opportunities. While working as an intern, see if there are any ways you could work full-time for the company, either after graduation or even after the internship period! If the bosses are satisfied with your work, they will be more than happy to offer you a position or even create a position just for you. Do not see internships as a hobby but rather, as an investment for your future.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints