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Does your major have to be specific to the field that you are interning in as an undergraduate?

I recently met a college finance undergraduate who was doing an internship under a congressional representative in Washington DC. #finance #internships #political-science

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Amanda’s Answer

Your internship doesn't not have to be directly related to your major, but it should be somewhat related to what you are interested in and would like to do in the future.
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Leslie’s Answer

Definitely not! People do internships in fields unrelated to their major all the time. Often, though, it helps when applying to internships to have some experience or at least interest in the field of the internship, even if you aren't studying it.

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Daniel’s Answer

It is certainly not required, but may will give you the edge vs. someone with a major in a very different field...ie a music major looking for an engineering internship. That said, intern in areas that you are interested in, even if they are outside of your intended major. There are a lot of interesting jobs and sub-fields you can find via internships.

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Nick’s Answer

Hi Amy,

I believe that early in your college career you can work in internship jobs that are related to general business responsibities. But you should definitely focus on an internship in your business major between junior and senior year as a way to secure a full time position upon graduation. If you can get a major focused internship between sophomore and junior year, it would be a benefit too. Getting business experience and learning how various companies in different industries operate is always a good thing too.

All the best and good luck,
Nick
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