Whether you have just graduated and are entering the professional work force or you are student trying to determine the best use of your summer, the thought of an internship may have crossed your mind.
Internships are always a hard decision because it is so easy to feel as though you are being taken advantage of or wasting your time and that can leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Internships are great for many reasons and are often a much better choice than taking an irrelevant, poorly paying job if you are a new grad.
They help you build experience
This is a given, this is why we all consider taking an internship. It is a great way to build experience in an industry and gain some credibility so that you can have something to put on your resume when you are applying for jobs.
Although experience is important that’s not all that internships are about. Internships are an opportunity to build a personal network. If you choose to take on an internship we’re not saying you shouldn’t focus on learning and putting your skills to use but remember to take advantage of this opportunity. Attend company social events, talk to your co-workers, learn about their journeys and their career paths. Not only will you get some great advice but you will create a solid connection that you will always have. These connections are going to help you in your future, especially if you need a reference or if you want to pursue a job at a company one of your coworkers has a great relationship with.
Get your foot in the door
If you are absolutely in love with an organization and you’re not qualified to work for them, an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door. It gives you the opportunity to show the organization what your capable of, as if you were doing one very long interview. If you demonstrate your knowledge, capabilities and that you are a good fit for the team, chances are they are going to think of you if an opportunity becomes available. At the end of an interview you should express if you are interested in a career with the organization, it shows initiative and this might lead the organization to make a position for you to keep you on the team or offer you a different position within the company.
Test the waters
An internship is also a great way to test out different industries and career paths to see if they are a good fit for you, without having to commit long term.
If you are a new grad and you’re thinking “hey- I need to be able to pay the bills” consider a part time internship while working part time or seek out a paid internship. Paid internships are usually minimum wage or paid by lump sum but this is better than no pay at all if you are concerned about making ends meet or having spending money for your summer.
If you are having trouble finding an internship that fits what you are looking for, reach out to organizations that you are interested in and offer the idea to them along with your application for consideration.
Each school year Artona partners with many high schools and provides Co-op mentorship in many departments. Students that are interested in Accounting/Finance, Photography, Digital Imaging and graphics spend days at Artona for work experience side by side our staff. We usually have a new face in the studio every other week through the whole year working with approximately 35 students a year. Find out more on our community page.
If you are interested in this opportunity, talk to your school counsellor or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, (604) 872-7272 or @artona on Twitter and @ArtonaGroup on Facebook with any questions.
We hope this helps you plan your summer or kick off your new careers! A great way to set a lasting first impression is professional head shots for your online portfolio. Check out our website for more information, booking and our gallery.