Internship During College

The Amazing Benefits Of Doing A College Internship

Learn what internships have to offer!

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I went into my junior year of college knowing that I should probably do an internship just because I had heard from nearly everyone that it's just what most people did. Once I decided I should probably do the same as my peers, the next problem became whether or not I could actually get one or not.

I wondered what company would possibly want to hire a college student who had no work experience? My doubts did not me keep from at least trying to apply to a few companies throughout the school year, though.

I knew the summer before my senior year would be the most opportune time to get my start in the working world. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to secure a position working this summer close to home. I understand why some may be skeptical of interning, but I ended up taking away a lot from the experience I was given.

It turns out that my doubt about not having any real work experience was exactly why it was so important for me to start working as soon as I could- before graduating from college. Having some work background to include on a resume can allow anyone to become more marketable to potential employers. This can be helpful when it comes to searching for jobs after graduation, especially with the rates of college degrees being earned, continues to rise.

Completing an internship is also an amazing way to figure out if you are headed in the right direction when it comes to career choices. I was interested in human resources prior to my internship but there are so many branches under human resources that I was better able to navigate what I might enjoy doing the most. Personally, I love interacting with others so now I am considering the option of becoming a recruiter because of the opportunity for more social interaction.

Having the ability to network is another great advantage of interning because you have the opportunity to meet so many new people on a pretty regular basis. If your time with a company goes well, your supervisor will be able to write a letter of recommendation or be a reference you can list on a resume for future potential employers to see. Also, the supervisor you work with may enjoy having you so much that they offer you a full-time position.

I was able to learn more about myself when it comes to strengths/weaknesses as well as what I value. I was better able to understand the importance of maintaining a work/life balance which is something I value. Also, I now know that I would not mind traveling a little bit for a job as long as the amount of time traveling for work does not negatively impact life at home while doing so.

It may seem like you are not sure whether or not you want to intern before graduating from college but doing so will give you real-world work experience, allow you to reevaluate career choices, network, and learn about what you value the most when it comes to working as well as life in general.

Go ahead and consider completing an internship so you can experience these great benefits!

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To Everyone Who's Scared Of Growing Up

Don't be.
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I could start this off with a quote by Peter Pan, but since I've never seen the movie I'll probably screw that up. So instead I'll start it like this.

I have a friend who is scared. He is scared of the real world and of what it means to start living in it. To deal with this fear, he has made a choice, and that choice is to grow up. I know a lot of people can relate to him since there are a lot of cliche posts on social media about how teenagers are expected to grow up too fast, so I thought I could offer some encouragement (because I'm such a caring and thoughtful person).

For my friend, growing up means acting more mature, not doing crazy things for the sake of doing them, not being as open as he used to be. While those could all be great things for safety and adulting purposes, they're not so great for friendships based around doing crazy stuff.

So to my 19-year-old friend who is now acting like he's 45, stop.

You don't have to grow up so fast.

You can still take risks, and you should while you can.

I'm sick of seeing you frown all the time.

Growing up isn't worth it, at least not yet.

Think about it this way: you only have a limited amount of time in which you are completely free. You have plenty of time during the rest of your life to go to bed before ten, grumble about your back pain, and plan out the rest of your life. Heck, that's what your 30s are for.

Right now, you should be focused on following your dreams because that is what youth should be about.

So keep focusing on the good things that have happened to you and the good people in your life. It shouldn't be hard since it's what you did last year and the years before.

Smile again, and stop worrying. Chances are, you're going to be alive for quite a while, and chances are you'll always have help if you need it to get back on your feet. Don't worry about what the future holds for you. Trust your future self and your future friends and future family and future robot minions.

The universe will provide for you, so just chill, and don't forget to have a good time whilst chilling. Don't ever feel like you're alone because we're all here for you now and not even something really stupid is going to screw up our friendship later.

Keep being rad.

Love you, bro.

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To The College Student Graduating Without A Job Offer, Rejection Is Part Of The Process

Keep your head up. Stay optimistic. Everything happens for a reason.

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To the Graduating College Student Who Doesn't Have a Post-Grad Job Yet,

I know exactly how you're feeling right now. All your friends are securing their first post-graduation job and you have nothing yet. If you're like me, you probably feel a little bit worthless and unwanted. You keep applying to jobs, re-touching up your resume and Curriculum Vitae, and writing cover letter after cover letter in the hopes that someone, anyone will take you and your talents.

(And you ARE talented... you're graduating with a degree. Don't forget that.)

It's something that you can't avoid either. Almost every day, there's a new post on Facebook that's starting with, "I'm so excited to announce that I got hired at *insert boujee company here.*" You want to be excited for your friends and you are genuinely happy for them but to be honest, it's frustrating and hard when you are sitting there empty-handed. Just this morning, I got another "thanks but no thanks" notification from one of the 32+ jobs that I applied for. Rejection is part of the process and I guarantee that both you and I will be rejected many more times.

You just have to keep reminding yourself that you WILL get a job. Things like this doesn't just happen overnight. Also, you are not alone in this...there are a million other graduating college seniors that are still jobless. I have friends who graduated last year and they still are struggling to find work that fits their major. So, while it may seem like you're the only one who's going through this annoyingly stressful process, you AREN'T.

Keep applying for jobs. Keep your head up. Stay optimistic. Everything happens for a reason. There will be an employer who will see all your potential and will hire you. Keep working for your goals and you reap the benefits one day. Remember that people like Oprah, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates all started at the bottom. It was because they stayed focused and dedicated to themselves and their goals that they were able to reach their success.

Sure, you may have to start out by waiting tables or work in a job that isn't ideal but it's a small stepping stone to your future success. It's going to be an uphill climb but you will be alright. Everyone usually always ends up fine, in the end, no matter how down in the dumps they are on the journey. Just never give up. It sounds cliche but it's so true...if you give up then you will never find the success you wanted and you will never be truly happy. You have only one life so you have to make it a good one. That means you have to balance your passions in with a job that will keep you wanting to continue in your field of work and to keep doing better.

You WILL succeed.

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