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What are some internship ideas that doesn’t qualify related experience?

I want an internship or job in my career interest field but I don’t have any healthcare experience. #healthcare #internships


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Krista’s Answer

If you would like to get into a field in which you have no experience it is best to start volunteering, healthcare has many, many opportunities to start. Demonstrating your interest in healthcare can be done by visiting and talking to Human Resources at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctors office

and other health related facilities, any position they are looking to fill will help you get in and add to your knowledge base. If you have friends or family in healthcare, ask them for their assistance. Internships can be either paid or unpaid (volunteering) but the first thing you would need is to show (and actually understand yourself) that it is what you really want to do. Once you have something to show on your resume the next step will be easier, it continues that way until you have built a career one step at a time to what you would like to be. Generally you will first get a position that has very little responsibility, but it will enable you to learn about the facility, what goes on there and how best you would be able to take your next step. Once the workplace begins to know you (commitment, dependability, interest) you may be able to apply for other jobs (on the job training) while you continue your schooling. Networking, knowing people who can help you and showing genuine interest in learning will help you to move forward. Be proactive, always try to think ahead and be helpful within the scope of the work you are doing and moving in the direction you want to go.

I joined the work program at my high school, went in to help out (unpaid) at a small company in Sterling Heights after graduation and ended up staying 10 years. After I got married we moved and I sent resumes to companies I saw driving down the main street by my house. The resume I had with a high school education, 10 years at 1 company was enough to get me into a major corporation where today I have a wonderful job with a lot of responsibility. I've had some college courses but I never got a degree, interest in the job/people and a good work ethic made me very successful. If you can open a door with even a non-paying job you can work up to the position you want. My best advice is to find a way in, get to know people, make yourself useful and your career will take off. Good Luck!

Krista recommends the following next steps:

Contact healthcare facilities (Beaumont, rehab facility, nursing home, doctors office) and find out about their needs, do they have entry level positions? do they have internships available (paid or unpaid)? Do they need volunteers? Is there anything you can do for them that will help you to learn about their business? Be positive, show interest.

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Abigail’s Answer

Hi! I think that if you have interests in any area, whether healthcare, or education, etc., there are numerous ways to get involved in that area before getting an internship to gain experience. For instance, for healthcare, volunteering at a hospital and shadowing doctors are good ways to get exposure to the healthcare system. As you get more familiar with the environment, relationships can be made that can help you advance your career, while also gaining more experience and knowledge which will help you market yourself to places you want to intern at. Also, refining the skills you already have or developing skills that are important in the area you want to work in is important - some being leadership skills, problem solving skills. These skills can be matured in school, club activities, etc., so getting involved and taking all opportunities to learn can help. I think it's most important to continue to be curious and proactively look for different ways to grow!

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