“Let us watch well our beginnings and results will manage themselves.” Alexander Clark
Job experience is essential when college graduates begin their job search. Students who have not had internship experience during college will stand out (and not in a good way.) No matter which field of study you choose, an internship can be invaluable. For college and university students, an internship is a must for a few reasons: One is to have practical work experience in your chosen and the other is to get a foot at the door of a company you may someday wish to work for.
What are the best ways to find and land an internship?
- Begin with your college or university. Almost every school will have a career planning or placement centre. Speak with someone in the office about internships. If nothing else, they will be able to point you in the right direction to get started.
- Research online. There are no shortages of internet resources relating to internships. Web sites or blogs offer you invaluable resources such as job postings and internship advice.
- Treat your internship as you would a real job. Many students secure their first job after college as a result of internship work; treat your internship like an extended interview. Both in your search and your internship, act in a professional and responsible manner. Whether or not you are being paid for your internship, all eyes will be on you, so put your best foot forward.
- Prepare yourself for the interview. Be sure to go to the interview prepared. Research the company you wish to work for thoroughly, dress professionally and have someone run you through a test interview before you attend the real deal.
An internship can open many doors, provide valuable work experience and beef up your CV. There are resources available to help you find companies with an internship program. Once you find one, the rest is up to you.
Perminus has over ten years experience in human resource management working with employers from different sectors. Email [email protected]