Internships

You’re a few years away from graduation, but you know you need to have internships under your belt before then. The only problem is, you don’t know what you want to do after graduation. How do you choose the right internship? RELATED: How To Make Internships Translate To Employers Displaying relevant work experience should be your primary goal. Those with internships on their resume tend to land jobs faster after graduation and tend to receive higher salaries upon graduation. This is because an internship can be a gateway to gaining skills, marketing those skills, and leveraging those skills to obtain better income potential with full-time commitment. Choosing the right internship for you comes down to a few eye-opening ideas:

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Many college students are like me: always moving. Between classes, work, and campus activities, squeezing in time for an internship can be challenging. Internships look great on resumes, but many students simply cannot make very much room in their schedules to physically devote time to one. Virtual internships are a new trend for college students and recent grads. Here are five reasons why a virtual internship might be right for you:

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Like many college students, I didn't understand how vital internships are until late in my academic career. I had that natural student mindset, "everything would be okay" and, "I'll land a job somehow after graduation." If I hadn't attended a professional development workshop supported by my fraternity's alumni association, I would have learned the hard way I'm not entitled to anything. I was on the phone with my mother when I received an e-mail announcing a career workshop being arranged via my fraternity. I asked her, "Should I go to this?" She laughed and simply responded, "Why wouldn't you go? What's more important than your future?" So, I went. Lo and behold, it changed my life. Thank you, Mom.

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