Why do an internship?

Why do an internship?
This type of question scares college students who prep up for internships. Well, for those, I have a reason. The reason to do internships is to experience. To experience not just the workings of the office. But also to experience work-life balancing etc. It is a trainer for your adult life. I urge every college student to try and do as many internships. Internships are also a great way for students who are unsure about their future to try different industries.

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  • Internshala. Type of Internships: Part-time/Full-time.
  • LinkedIn. Type of Internships: Part-time/ Full-time.
  • StuMagz. Type of Internships: Part-time/Full-time.
  • Twenty19. Type of Internships: Part-time/Full-time.
  • LetsIntern.
  • InternWorld.
  • Chegg Subject Experts.
  • Youth4Work.

A. LinkedIn: Not only should you use LinkedIn to hunt for internships, you should build a fleshed-out profile and reach out to everyone you know, especially professional contacts, on the 12-year-old Mountain View, CA professional networking site. Get people you’ve worked for to write you recommendations. Do include volunteer work.

To search for internship listings, go to the jobs tab at the top of the page and put “internship” in the search box. Then refine your search by filling in the boxes on the left side of the page. I searched for “marketing internship” and a New York City zip code came up with ten pages of listings. One downside: You can’t filter for paid or unpaid positions. The most valuable aspect of LinkedIn: instantly seeing which of your contacts works at a company or knows people who work there. I also recommend college students get their parents to search their own LinkedIn networks for contacts. Companies pay varying rates to list internships and jobs on LinkedIn (a 30-day posting in San Francisco costs $499), so they are serious about hiring for many of those jobs.

B. GlassdoorFounded in 2007 and based in Sausalito, CA, Glassdoor gets its internship listings from several sources, including company websites, partnerships with job boards and directly from employers. But its main attraction is that it offers an instant way to search for salaries, company reviews and descriptions of job interviews. Its interface is straightforward, though for smaller companies, the salary and review functions don’t always bear fruit. In the search fields I tried putting in “paid marketing internship” and in the location box, New York City, and I got 21 listings. When I clicked on the first listing that came up, for Inspired Marketing Associates in the Bronx, I found just two company reviews and no salary listings. But a paid internship for Major League Baseball had 37 reviews and one internship salary ($1,660/month).

C. Your school’s job listing site and alumni network: At my alma mater, Brown University, there’s something called Brown Connect, where alumni post internship listings. If you can get access to a database like this, you will vault over other potential interns vying for these jobs. This is a first stop if you are a student.

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