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Are internships widely avaliable for students who also have a heavy courseload??

I enjoy hands on activities and feel like getting real time experience especially in the medical field would be exponentially helpful, but I don't want to overload myself with hard classes and that responsibility

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Martha Cecile’s Answer

Internship is for you to gain more insight into the field in which you currently have interest (you may find you don't enjoy this field, on a day-to-day basis, after finding out what's it's REALLY like!) It may also be used for a potential future employer to get to know YOU. Neither of these things are easily accomplished when you are putting your energy into a heavy courseload, as you might not be able to concentrate on the task at hand AND a future employer might see that you're tired or distracted - i.e., you don't make your performance at the internship a priority. No one who invests time in teaching you or getting to know you will respond positively, if you don't make THEM your priority, and mature people - bosses, teachers, mentors - don't admire excuses, yawning or whining. A better fit might be to ask for some shorter, intermittent periods of observation in your chosen field, when you can plan ahead with questions and stated goals.

Martha Cecile recommends the following next steps:

Identify experts in your geographic area - contact them and ask for a brief interview - ask them what excites them about the field, how they chose it, what they would do differently and then ASK if you can shadow, for an hour, a day, a week or they are aware of opportunities for this in your chosen industry. Generally speaking, we are all vulnerable to flattery and attention!
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Christine’s Answer

Yes! Any internships will give you a huge leg up in whatever industry you're going for. You can look for summer internships to coincide with your heavy classload. And just to let you know I graduated college with the lowest GPA out of my entire but because I had such a great internship background I also had the highest job offer leaving college. So internships really do work.
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Rajeev’s Answer

I am somewhat conservative in my response. What is an internship? You are being trained. You are not expected to fully contribute 100%. That said, your academic workload is a known factor. Don't worry about measuring up. You are awesome, girl. The fact that you are working as well as studying speaks volumes about your stamina and resolve. Know that you will be supported by people who recognize and reward your talents. To those who ignore your worth, give them the middle finger of your right hand.

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michael’s Answer

Hi, Registered Nurse here.
I believe Rajeev & Martha gave a spot on answers. We nurses know how hard it is to get through a healthcare professional program, especially while working. Please, concentrate on your studies and make it to our ranks. The real training will start with your first day on the job.
We are very proud of you and want you to succeed. Give yourself time to learn all of the complexities of disease progression and their treatments. Learning is best digested in small bites. I am wishing you the best of luck and preperation!
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