How to Find an Internship that Best Suits You

Though having an impressive academic record and a high grade point average are vital, they’re not quite enough if you want to stand out to an employer in today’s working world.
Our generation has learned that relevant work experience is necessary to have on a resume when applying for jobs after college. Showing relevant work experience by completing an internship is one of the few things that can set you apart from the rest of the applicants.
The job market in today’s economy is so competitive that sometimes only people with two or three internships on their resumes will make the cut to the list of people who will be called in for an interview.
It’s key to be able to show a list of specific skills that you’ve acquired, to an employer, so that they know from the beginning what you can offer to their business to make it more successful. In order to be able to show a good list of skills you have to first find a quality internship that will allow you to be involved and not just a by-stander making coffee and sending faxes.
The interview for the internship is a good time for the student to make that judgment. Asking questions not only lets the interviewer know that you’re taking the situation seriously, it allows you to get to know them on a deeper level.
Open-mindedness in situations like these is very important. When approaching your internship mentor or advisor with questions or ideas you want to be sure that they will be open-minded and honest with you and give you quality feedback. Try to get a feel of how big or small their company is so that you can have a better feel for how many people you might be working with on a day-to-day basis.
“Can you describe a project that you are currently working on?” This is almost always a great question to ask, because it gives you a more vivid idea of what a day in that specific work environment would be like.
Do thorough research on the company and the people in it before you go in for the interview so that you are fully prepared to talk about what you already know about them. Following these basic rules should lead you to a successful interview with a clear understanding of how their business works and what kind of environment you would be in.
Based on what you know when you leave the interview, you should be able to decide whether or not that internship is a good fit for you.

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