Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Advice about Internships

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Advice about Internships

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Internships are an integral part of a student's transition into the profession. Although it's tempting to take the easiest internship, it's beneficial in the long run to go with the internship that gives the most preparation for the real world.

In deciding where to do an internship, focus on the area that you want to end up in, so that you can build local contacts. It may sound adventurous to go to a foreign country and travel and get the internship out of the way all in one fell swoop, but you need to get the practical experience in the area where you will probably want to get a full-time job.

Some students get into an internship and realize the professional area they picked doesn't suit them. This can be a blessing in disguise. Don't leave school knowing only what you don't want to do; instead, do another internship. The second (or third) one wouldn't be for credit, but it will help you decide what to focus on in the future.

Along with your school keeping you accountable to the internship duties, you should ask to do more, especially things about which you can tell a future employer, "I was in charge of this program and it was my idea to do such and such. …

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