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How important are internships?

I also want to know if you get paid or if you don't, the duration, etc...


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Jay’s Answer

Great question!

Internships are some of the BEST experiences you can leverage to learn about yourself and what you want to do in your career. They are viewed very favorably by employers for getting your first job out of school.

I did paid internships through INROADS which helped me intern at big companies.

It is important to note that all internships aren't paid and some internships may not pay much. It really depends on what career field you're in. For example, if you're in finance, accounting or computer science internships can pay over $20/hour. Facebook pays their interns $8,000/month.

The most important part of your internship is the work you do, however. Don't just take an internship to have one, otherwise it won't be able to help you very much.

Ideally, you want to find a internship in your field, with a good employer where you will be doing something that adds value - not getting someone coffee.

Jay recommends the following next steps:

Find 20-30 potential places you'd like to intern
Research the company website and Glassdoor.com to see if they offer internship opportunities
Regardless of whether you see a role or not, reach out the people in the department you'd be interested in interning at via LinkedIn or email.
Start networking! Reach out to them and keep reaching out if you don't get a response the first time around. Start learning about them, their career path and see if there will be an opportunity opening up. You ideally want to start searching MONTHS in advance.

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Christina’s Answer

Internships can be vital to your career as a recent graduate or someone hoping to change careers and gain valuable experience. Aside from experience, internships also offer beneficial networking opportunities from the inside of an organization. If you're lucky enough to obtain an internship volunteer for as many projects and cross functional teams as possible to assist in creating a more robust resume. Include projects that save an organization money, time or both as those are what interviewers will be most curious about as you begin your official job hunt. Many organizations offer paid internships. It's best to target those however if you're not able to secure a paid internship then view voluntary opportunities as equally beneficial to your career.


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Myles’s Answer

Internships are looked at favorably in today's job search for students coming directly from college. It is able to show practical work experience on top of the learning obtained from school. The experiences gained during the internship will provide added perspectives that may be used during the interview session to set a person apart from the rest.

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Joe’s Answer

Khloe, I am currently interning this summer and having a great time. I think that it has helped tremendously, and I'm only 3 weeks in. Depending on the company you work for, you can get paid. Regardless, the experience is great.