Internships provide a great opportunity for individuals to put the skills they have learned in the classroom to work.
When is an individual ready for an internship?
Typically, internships occur after a student has received training in a specific career field. The internship provides an opportunity for the student to apply the skills they have acquired in a real world setting.
How can Talent Link help?
Through working relationships with area business and industry, Talent Link staff can help identify possible internship sites, and help connect the potential intern with work-sites that align with his/her career pathway.
Tips to share with interns
- Companies expect interns to have skills and knowledge of the industry they are applying to. Internships are not just part time jobs—they are an opportunity to gain knowledge, connections, and experience in a specific career.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid. Determine in advance if your student is willing/able to take an unpaid internship if it provides them with the opportunity they are looking for.
- Treat an internship like a job. From the search, to the resume and interview, and day-to-day work, tell your student to keep a professional attitude and get the most out of the experience.
- If your student likes the internship and would like to work for the company, they should let their supervisor know. Even if the company is not currently hiring, the employer may be able to refer to other opportunities or hire at a later date.
- If the young person does not like the internship, remind them that there are a number of variables involved in the workplace—is it the work, the company, co-workers, or some other factor. Don’t quit! Good things can come from bad internship experiences.
- Keep track of what was learned. Remind your student to ask for a reference.
- Show gratitude. Be sure to have the youth thank the company for the opportunity to intern. Remind the student that future opportunities or connections can come from the internship—and a thank you note is an important part of that.