With the holiday season fast on its way, you might have nothing but turkey, decorating and gift-giving on your mind. While it is the season for sweet treats and holiday fun, ‘tis the season for internship applications, too.
As a TN Promise scholar, you’re already on the pathway to success, but there are a few more steps you’ll want to take in your academic career to ensure you’re a top job applicant after graduation. Whether you’re in your first or last semester at your TN Promise institution, you should begin the hunt for summer internships now while applications are starting to open.
Why are internships important?
You might be thinking, “my grades are pretty good, I’m involved in school and I have a part-time job, so why would I need an internship?” Regardless of your GPA and extracurricular activities, participating in internships is essential to your future career plans. Here’s why:
- Internships help you discover which types of jobs you enjoy and don’t enjoy.
You might think nursing is your calling- until you pass-out at the sight of blood. The idea of your dream job might be different than what you expect when you actually experience a day doing it. Internships will allow you to test different types of careers you might be interested in before you decide on one.
2. Internships make your resume more competitive.
Employers love applicants with real-world experience! According to an article by U.S. News & World Report, high GPA’s don’t make students stand out as much as they used to. The new secret to hiring success is internship experience. Even if your GPA isn’t what you’d like it to be, having internships will help boost your resume and impress future employers.
- Internships help create connections.
Not only will internship experience help move your resume to the top of the job application stack, but it could open doors to job opportunities at the business where you had your internship too.
How to find internships
When searching for internships in your field of interest the best place to start is at your higher education institution. Your Career Services office probably has a cork-board or wall overflowing with internship opportunities, and if not, your professors are great sources for internship information as well. If you can’t find any internship opportunities that spark your interest at school, then try using the job search websites below to find internships in your possible career field.
Check out job shadowing opportunities on the tnAchieves website for more businesses with possible internships. And remember, it never hurts to use Google!
How to get the internship
Remember to treat internship applications and interviews in the same professional manner you would treat a job application. Make sure your resume is up-to-date, include a cover letter, put on your best clothes and smile! If you need to review resume or interview etiquette, read the tnAchieves blog, “Got Hired? The Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews.”
Even though an internship might sound like extra work right now, gaining “real-world” experience will pay off in the long run. If you’re not sure which type of career you want to enter after you graduate from your higher education institution, then apply to everything. Now is your chance to experience new opportunities AND fluff up your resume. The sky really is the limit when it comes to possible internships, but first, you have to apply!