IS AN INTERNSHIP?
Internships are temporary
positions within a company or organization often geared towards recent graduates
from high school, college or university.Taking part in an internship
program gives young people entering the workforce the opportunity of gaining practical
work experience and marketable skills. Be aware that most internships are not
paid positions but some internship programs do offer pay or an honorarium. More
importantly, an internship can potentially help you get your foot in the
door’ of a company or organization that may lead to a full-time permanent
position!Many employers in a variety
of fields and industries offer internships. There are also many internship programs
offered through the government. In today’s tough job market, an internship
might be exactly what you’re looking for!
THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERNSHIPS
- A great way of getting
on the job training in an industry that you may be interested in pursuing
- You are able to get a good
idea of what the job and field is all about before making a career commitment
- It increases your chances
of obtaining a full-time position with the employer or within another company
in the same field
- Many internships are offered
internationally, so it can be an opportunity to work abroad
FINDING THE RIGHT INTERNSHIP
FOR YOU - HELPFUL HINTS TO REMEMBER
- Do your research –
find out as much as you can about the company or organization
- Ensure your resume is complete
- If an application process
is necessary, take great care in filling it out appropriately (applications are
usually very carefully screened for internship positions)
- Make sure you have a clear
understanding of what the intern position duties and responsibilities will include
- Ask LOTS of questions!
- Find out if there is a
possibility of being hired permanently once the internship is completed.
Below is a great directory
that links you to different internship websites. Get started on your internship
research right now!