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Does a lack of summer internship threaten you're success in applications after graduation?

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A summer internship during college is highly coveted but obtaining one is highly competitive and very difficult. Thus, by not having one in your second year of university, are you jeopardising post-university plans? Or will finding an alternative job or volunteering role be as useful? #college #university #internships #student #graduate #graduate-recruitment

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Hi Anaka!

You asked a very important question.

Let me clear up a common misconception. The main purpose of participating in an internship (as well as shadowing, volunteer, and coop programs) is not to impress a college or an employer. The main purpose of such programs is to gain career exposure to help to make sure that one is making an appropriate major and career decision. The most frustrating times spend while doing college recruiting were the times when a graduate once on the job, found that he/she did not like the job for which he/she had studied as he/she had not done enough research and career exposure. Selecting a career/major is like buying a pair of shoes. They may look great, but you need to try them on and walk in them for a while to determine proper fit and comfort.

Let me know if and how this might be of help. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

Last updated Feb 27 '18 at 01:08 PM

Hi! I think that realizing that you can do a spring and/or winter (break) internship is important. I think internships are very important and so do many other professionals aka the ones hiring people like you. Volunteering can still be made into an internship. I would check out your schools internships or even talk to some of your professors. A lot of clubs that I joined in my university gave me access to alumni and networking events to talk to people (and find internships)!

Best of luck, Nina

Last updated Mar 06 '17 at 06:16 AM
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