4 Reasons to Take an Internship

InternshipsInternships are one of the best opportunities for college students, new graduates, and career changers to gain valuable skills and experience. It is true that some people complain about internships. However, while there are always interns who will be unhappy and feel underappreciated, but there will also be interns who will enjoy the experience. Don’t let a few horror stories deter you from taking an internship position—there are still things to gain from it.

It will help strengthen your resume

Grades are a good measure of a person’s capability, but experience is even better. When you don’t have a lot of employment history, you need to grab every opportunity that comes your way. Internships can help you to get that much-needed confidence and experience.

You will get more than enough networking opportunities

Any job seeker would want to have someone from the inside to help her with her application. If you get a chance to intern for the company that you eventually want to work for, everything will be easier. You will have a lot of opportunities to talk to different people from different departments.

Gain experience without too much risk

At times you see job opportunities you’re interested in, but you’re not sure how things will go, so you don’t follow through with it. An internship is a good opportunity for you to try things out and discover the career path you want to pursue.

Try a new field without too much risk

If you’re someone who has been out of a job for a while or you’re just looking to change fields, internship positions are probably the best way for you to experience working in these fields and explore career options before fully committing yourself.

There are good internships and bad ones, no doubt. They all have one thing in their favor: Internships have a definite end to them (or at least they’re supposed to). The best way you can maximize internships is to do research. Ask previous interns in the company about their experience; this will help you to avoid bad internships and get the most out of the opportunity. Who knows—you might even get a job there. Then you can have an intern of your own!

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.