internships for business students
Why do an internship?
There are many benefits to doing an internship. Your first summer job, for example, can help you find out if you like working in your field. It’s also a great way to decide if your dream career is right for you:
- Internships provide valuable work experience that will prepare you for a career after graduation.
- They give students hands-on experience and the chance to try out different roles within their chosen field, which can help them decide whether or not they’re ready to commit themselves full-time.
- Ultimately, internships make students a stronger candidate when applying for jobs after graduation
Things to consider when doing an internship.
- Make sure you have the financial means to support yourself while doing an internship. Many internships are unpaid, so you’ll have to pay for your own food, housing and transportation. Before signing up for an internship that requires you to live away from home, ask yourself if it’s possible for your parents or guardians (if applicable) to help cover those expenses. If not, consider whether or not taking on this kind of responsibility will be manageable for you financially during the time leading up to graduation and beyond.
- Be sure that the internship is worth your time and effort. If done properly, internships should be beneficial both professionally and personally—but make sure that it’s going to be worth all the effort! When choosing an internship program or organization with which you want to collaborate in order to gain valuable experience at a professional level as well as expand upon existing knowledge obtained through educational courses taken during undergraduate studies (or other forms of academic pursuits), make sure that said institution is reputable within its field by conducting thorough research beforehand; this will allow potential employees/students such as yourself access opportunities within either industry sector without having wasted valuable resources such as time spent looking into alternatives while also preventing possible embarrassment at being associated with something less than stellar quality standards.”
Types of internships
You can find internships in a wide range of industries, including:
- non-profit organizations
- government agencies
- business and tech companies (including startups)
The length of an internship will vary depending on the type of job, the company where you’re working, and your own goals. Full-time internships are often 12 to 16 weeks long, while part-time internships last anywhere from several days to several months. If you’re looking for an internship for college credit, make sure your school has a formal agreement with the company to provide it before signing up.
Steps to take before applying or accepting an internship
- First, you should make sure that the company is really what you want to learn about and that it’s a good fit for your career goals.
- Then do some research on the company, including checking out its website and social media accounts as well as reading reviews and feedback from previous interns.
- Finally, if possible, apply for an internship through their website or by emailing them directly and ask questions about their processes for hiring interns (i.e., can international students apply?).
Summer internships vs. school year internships
There are two main types of internships: summer internships and school-year internships. Summer internships generally start in the beginning of June and end in August, but you can also find some that run from May to June or September to October. School-year internships usually start in September or January and run through June or July.
Some students prefer the convenience of summer internships because they allow them to enjoy their summers without working, but others prefer school-year positions because they don’t have time for a long-term commitment during the school year (especially since most are done in the summer). Regardless of whether you choose an eight-week position or a twelve-week one, remember that many employers will expect their interns to work 50 hours per week.
How To Find An Internship
- Ask friends for recommendations.
- Search for internships in your area.
- Check your school’s career center for opportunities.
- Contact your local chamber of commerce and ask if they have any internship listings.
- Ask your college alumni association if they know of any businesses willing to host interns as well
Internships offer valuable work experience and might lead to a full time job.
- Internships give you valuable work experience and might lead to a full-time job.
- Many internships are paid.
- Internships dramatically increase your chances of being hired for a full-time position at the company that offers them.
- Internships are available in many industries, including business, technology, finance and science.
Many companies offer internships throughout the United States and abroad, especially in developing countries where there’s a shortage of skilled workers.