You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Man! Why are they so excited about internships?” An internship is possibly one of the most important experiences you can have in your college career. It stands as an opportunity to explore the practical applications of your major, see if you actually want to pursue a career in that field, and understand what real life might actually be like. It’s also a great networking tool that is quickly becoming all but essential in today’s competitive job search process.
An internship can take on many different forms but it centers on a learning experience that compliments your field of study and helps bring to life what you’re learning in the classroom. Whether it’s a chance to be an investment banker for the summer in a big Wall Street firm, or trying to help cure cancer alongside the world’s top scientists in a research laboratory, all of these experiences and many more can be the job of an intern. Take the time to think about where you might want to be, come time for graduation, and try to look for internship experiences that can put you in the shoes of someone doing just that. It’s a chance to determine if that’s still your dream job, or if maybe you might be more satisfied doing something different. You get the chance to start determining the best career for you well before you’re handed that coveted diploma.
While an internship can be important for deciding what you’re passionate about and where you want to go, it’s even more important when it comes to the job hunt. An internship can be the difference between sitting in that interview and talking about that one class you slept through on 17th Century French Literature, or how you spent your summer at the Smithsonian archiving the great cultural works of our time. An internship can help you decide if you want to turn your major into your career, help you score that job after graduation, and maybe even earn a little money along the way. If you’re ready to find out more about internships, please stop by the Center for Career Development during walk-in hours, or try searching the new opportunities posted daily on HuskyCareerLink.