Should An Internship Be In Your Future?

Internships may be a good opportunity to get some real-work experience. There are paid and unpaid internships. Some are for a summer, while others last throughout the school year.

Although many internships are local, others offer work locally. For example, you could have a job at a TV station, or you could teach children guitar in Costa Rica.

An internship can show you what it’s like to have a boss, go meetings, meet deadlines, and complete work on a deadline. Internships also introduce you to mentors who can help shape what career you go into.

Here are some websites that have information on how to find an internship:

34 thoughts on “Should An Internship Be In Your Future?

    • Thank you for idiulncng YouTern in your post, Allison. We appreciate it!As you mentioned, internships are a great way to gain experience and pursue potential future career interests. And, although it may sometimes feel like it to a teen, it’s never too early to begin gaining experience. Employers today are looking to hire people with already-developed skills over those without.One other point to mention as teens (and understandably, their parents may agree) are often unable / not excited to leave home for a period of time to fulfill an internship consider virtual internships , that can be performed from anywhere.DaveDavid EllisDirector of User Experience / Content ManagerYouTern

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      • I agree- the eenpriexce is crucial!I interned last spring at a Boston alternative-news weekly and wouldn’t change a thing. Sure, I didn’t get a paycheck and had to work double-shifts as a waiter both days of the weekend to make sure my bills got paid, but it wasn’t without perks (free Red Bull for one).I got to be a part of the editorial process for a major-market publication- contributing ideas, writing stories, conducting interviews and going on-location for other stories that saw the light of day with a 50,000-plus circulation across the metro-Boston area. The eenpriexces I had there were simply one-of-a-kind.Sadly, they didn’t have any open full-time spots when the internship came to a close, but they did keep me on to freelance for their publications, which turned out to be a nice little addition to my standard 9-5 job’s paychecks. 🙂

    • One ooptin to also consider is applying to a scholarship program that helps students through an otherwise unpaid internship. Unpaid internships are often at non-profit organizations that can’t necessarily afford to pay their interns but the experience is fully worth it. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the American Humanics NextGen Leaders Program. This competitive program offers a stipend for students accepted to help cover the costs of an unpaid internship. Because of my status as a NextGen Leader I was able to take an unpaid internship at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. What I thought would be a 300-hour internship has turned into a years-long relationship nationwide. They gave me more responsibilities and opportunities than I ever expected. It was fantastic, and worth every minute.And after three more internships I’m now fully employed in the field I love. Internships are worth it!

    • I once did an iennrtship at a really high end hair salon. I was so excited to see what it was like working on the floor and being around the clients, colorists, stylists. I thought that I could learn so much from them, get their contacts and develop good relations. It was horrible. I was treated like a slave. I’d be on my hands and knees scrubbing floors, doing the laundry, and was talked down to. I got an inside look at how much the hair and cosmetic industry can be quite catty. This is not to say that every hair salon is like this, but man, it can be a very stressful environment, especially if we’re talking stush, yuppie clientele. There was constant drama going on between all the employees and I wasn’t even respected as a human being. I do recall getting my hand slapped by the colorist for accidentally brushing a foil against a client’s cheek. Needless to say, it turned me off from becoming a stylist. I decided to pursue other goals. Regardless of it being a terrible experience, lessons were learned, like in any life occurrence. I learned that this was not the type of environment I wanted to be in, and I also prevented any future students from doing work experience in this terrible hair salon ever again.

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