As job competition rises in all industries, it can be hard for college students and fresh graduates with little experience to compete with those who have more skills, qualification, and professional experience. As a student or new graduate, applying for an internship can give you a head start in securing your dream job.
So that’s why we’re here to talk about the basic and most fundamental things you should know about an internship. Hopefully, it will give you a competitive edge to building your career up.
So you’ve been trying to look for a job online and one time as you were scrolling through job postings, you came across a few companies offering internships.
But what exactly is an internship?
An internship is offered by various companies as an opportunity for, usually, undergraduate students and new graduates who have little formal experience in their fields to establish an initial ground where they can build their career. This is most ideal for people who want to be as efficient as they can in gaining work experience and heighten their chances of getting hired by institutions who prefer employees with a background on the job.
Internships can last for as short as 3 months up to as long as a whole year depending on company policies and other circumstances or exceptions. When university classes are ongoing, part-time internships are offered for college students to help them balance work and studies during the term. Full-time internships, on the other hand, are offered during vacation periods like thanksgiving, Christmas, or summer.
Overall, internships can train and provide you with the practical skills that will be of great use to your current position and future career.
An internship places you in a workplace environment that will help you get a better grasp on how a professional workplace actually works through the various roles and responsibilities you’ll take on as an intern.
Looking through a greater lens, internships can give you greater knowledge and perspective on various industries such as business enterprises, marketing, research, and many more (of course, with primary focus on dynamics or operations in your chosen company or industry).
Now it doesn’t stop here. As you’ll see in the next section, you’ll learn more about the duties of an intern, along with the benefits you can get if you pursue for an internship opportunity.
What are some of the duties and responsibilities you’ll take once you become an intern?
Well, interns basically perform a wide range of tasks most suited for entry-level positions but with a larger focus on training. As an intern, you don’t have to worry about tasks such as leading big projects, but you will be taking on more of a support role where you’ll assist project managers and heads with easier assignments. These can include data entry, processing mail, organizing documents, or scheduling appointments.
While these tasks are considered ‘basic tasks’, they still contribute a good role in finishing projects and getting the work done. Through such training, you’ll learn some of the fundamental operations undergoing within a company which is a good place to start if you’re still an undergraduate student or a fresh graduate.
Still, some internships will consist of more challenging tasks. Either way, make sure to always learn something from each assignment because your training can make a difference in the long run.
We’ve already discussed some of the benefits you can get as an intern, but just to give you more perspective (and more motivation), let’s dive deeper on the experiences and opportunities you can get with an internship.
Internships are mainly focused on training. Rather than an overwhelming experience on learning the ropes of the workplace, these trainings are designed to develop the fundamental and critical work skills you’ll need in the future. This will make it easier for you to work on the basics first and adjust accordingly when you enter full-time employment.
Since global industries mostly prefer employees with relatively more years of work experience to applicants with little or no experience, being an intern even for just six months can give you an edge in employment competition.
You can also get hired by the company that you have completed the internship if they assess you to be a valuable employee in the long run. Thus it’s important for you to always do your best in your internship training
Network is an important variable in the workplace. Luckily for you, internships can help you establish connections and networks with leading professionals, some even outside your industry. Through these connections, you may have an easier time getting hired after your internship completion.
Of course, since internships will provide you with hands-on training, you will learn a lot more skills that goes beyond book knowledge.
Most companies offer paid internships with other financial benefits. And well, who wouldn’t want to earn an allowance while gaining professional training and knowledge?
So now that you know the basics of an internship, will you consider being an intern?
Just take your time while you assess your choices properly. I highly encourage you to pursue one!