What is an internship?
- An internship is a short-term, temporary job. It’s a paid position, and the internship can last anywhere from one month to multiple years.
- Internships are often unpaid positions, so you may be more likely to find these types of jobs at nonprofit organizations or small businesses.
- Internships are most commonly available to students and recent graduates who want hands-on experience in their field of interest before committing full time. This type of setting gives interns the chance to learn about their chosen field while doing work that benefits them directly (rather than working for an organization). Internships can also help you build your resume; many companies will ask for evidence that you’ve done an internship before considering hiring you as a full-time employee
Why do an internship?
Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door in your field. Most internships offer pay, but they may not be paid as much as you’d make working full-time. However, unlike an entry-level position, an internship will give you hands-on experience and allow you to build up your resume with skills that show employers that you’re ready for the real world. You’ll also have access to higher-ups who will be able to provide valuable networking opportunities for when it comes time for job hunting.
Where can I find an internship?
- The internet: search sites like Indeed.com and Monster.com for available positions in your field of interest.
- Your professors: professors are often connected with other organizations and can help you find internships that you may not have been able to find on your own.
- Your college career office: the staff at the career office is trained to help students find internships, so don’t be afraid to ask them for assistance!
- Friends and family: ask around among friends or relatives who might know someone who works at an organization that offers internships (e.g., “I’m looking for an internship; do you know anyone who works here?”). Sometimes it’s easier to get an introduction through someone else rather than cold calling yourself!
Can I get college credit for my internship?
Your school may offer internship credits toward a degree, but you’ll need to check with your academic advisor to find out if that’s the case. Most internships are available for students in their junior or senior year, and some schools require an internship for graduation. If there is no credit available through your school, then you should contact the company your interning with and see if they can help you obtain college credit (if possible).
Internships are often unpaid, though many do offer some sort of stipend. Some companies will pay students directly while others will have interns apply their salary toward tuition costs at an affiliated school or university (in this case it would be a paid position).
What should employers know about internships and the law?
As an employer, you have legal obligations to ensure the safety of your interns. It’s important to check with your state’s labor department and make sure that you’re covered by the laws governing internships in your area.
- You must pay minimum wage for all hours worked by interns at least six years old or under their state’s minimum wage (whichever is higher). For example, if a student who is 17 years old works full-time during the school year, he or she should be paid at least $7.25 per hour under federal law, or $8.08 per hour in California where I interned (or any other state with a minimum wage above $7.25). If you don’t pay these wages, then you can be fined by the Department of Labor if they catch wind of it—but more importantly than that, it will probably make for disgruntled employees who won’t want to stick around after graduation because they haven’t been fairly compensated for their work!
- You may not deduct money from an intern’s paycheck if he/she fails to report punctually for work assignments; timely report ings are important so everyone gets along well together and everyone knows what’s going on schedule-wise each day/weekend day etc.. In addition , if an intern quits without giving two weeks notice when required due givin g good cause , then there should be no penalty imposed against them (e .g., loss o f benefits)
Internships are a great way to gain valuable experience in your field.
Internships are a great way to gain valuable experience in your field. Internships provide an opportunity to see if you enjoy the work and build relationships with mentors and coworkers. They can be a way to try out a job before committing to it, giving you confidence that you’re making the right choice. Internships often pay, which is good because they are usually unpaid otherwise!