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Who Should Intern?

September 27th, 2009

Interning and internships have been fairly common in some industries, it hasn’t been until recently that almost everyone is being encouraged to intern. There are many reasons why to intern, the most obvious is “real job experience.” Choosing a major may be a reason one doesn’t readily think of. If you intern early in your academic career you have an opportunity to “try out” a certain job you think you may be interested in or thought you might be good in. The “trying out” of a potential career is also a good idea for career changers. For the student it helps to set them on the track of what they may need to study, for the career changer it helps identify what transferable skills they bring to a new career. Anyone needing a better picture of what a potential career would be like needs … Read More

Why Pay for an Internship?

September 27th, 2009

Paying a company to find an internship for a student or career changer is a relatively new concept and one met with a lot of resistance. Most learning experiences come with a price tag, music lessons, competitive sports clubs, college credits, why shouldn’t a student or career changer invest more than just their time in an experience that will set them on course for their career? By investing monetarily into the internship the participant takes ownership of the experience and tends to have a stronger interest in getting the most out of the offering. This commitment not only benefits the participant but also the hosting company.

Companies that charge a fee to place interns often offer more than just the internship. Some companies offer a combination internship and study/work abroad experience. Other companies offer to package the materials of a job search for prospective interns, leaving … Read More