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Do colleges or other businesses offer internship or shadowing programs?

In high school or college, do businesses provide the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the workforce? To learn more about the major we are studying. #business #internships

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Katie,


Great question! They definitely do. There are a number of ways to go about getting an internship when you are in college. Once you narrow down your major and your business interests outside of college, speak with your academic adviser, student peers, professors, career centers and on-site job fairs. If you are not having luck in any of these areas, directly reach out to the companies you are interested in (like their HR department) and ask if they hire interns. Stay inquisitive and network and you should be able to line up some opportunities for you.


I was interested in going into insurance after college. I Googled "Best Insurance Internships" and Northwestern Mutual came to the top. I reached out to their branch directly and they asked me to submit my resume`. Months later, I interned for them and it helped pave a pathway to my career.


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Mike

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IDAH’s Answer

Hi Katie,

Yes definitely, the majority of companies offer internships or other programs that give students an opportunity to get real-world experience in the workplace. The timing may differ, but many employers begin accepting applications in the Fall for internships that begin the following summer. Depending on your area of interest, you can google companies and visit their Career Centers to see if any Internships are listed.

Additionally, many colleges have a Career Center that has established relationships with organizations and facilitates recruiting of students from the school by those partners.

Another way to learn about opportunities is by joining any groups at your school that bring together students with common interests so they can share information, These groups often have links with former students or alumni organizations whose members can also provide links to organizations that offer opportunities through being employed by those organizations or knowing someone who works there.
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Marina’s Answer

Hi Katie! For high school students, many universities will offer learning & development programs that you can apply for, similar to an internship. An example of this is Princeton's LEDA program. Additionally, NASA and other similar organizations will offer internships and learning opportunities for high school students. This is particularly true in STEM fields.

In college, many companies offer full or part time internships to college students over the summer, and many also offer part time internships during the fall or spring. Many of these internships are paid. To access them, I suggest visiting your college campus's career center and meeting with a career advisor. They will help you develop your resume and discuss career interests with you, pointing you in the right direction for your internship search. Additionally, many career centers will collect resume books from students and send them to companies that are recruiting from your school.

Another key resource to use is Handshake. Many colleges will offer Handshake, which is similar to Linkedin but is tied to your university. By creating a profile on Handshake, you will have access to job boards with a wide array of internship opportunities. Oftentimes, you can even apply directly to the posting through Handshake. Outside of Handshake, professional business fraternities and other professional clubs will have resources and connections with companies offering a variety of roles. Joining these organizations can help you discover your professional interests and also connect you with potential employers.

Hope this helps,

Marina
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Domonique’s Answer

You should look into Futureforce! "We hire interns and grads across the globe for all of our different business segments. Explore the opportunities available for you in each of the roles below." - https://www.salesforce.com/company/careers/university-recruiting/

There is also a program called Year Up. https://www.yearup.org/
It is a year-long learning and development technical training program that teaches you in-demand skills for the current workforce! There are 6-months of training and then you are placed in a 6-month internship in a tech company! I did this program back in 2017. I was studying Project Management & IT, and then interned at Salesforce. I have been working at Salesforce since then!
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