This week I will be blogging to you about internships. I am currently a student at Georgia Southern University. Over the years, I have taken several classes in the field of Public Relations. I have done well and learned how to construct press releases, psa, letterheads, press kits, ect. My point is that I have done a lot of the things that a Public Relations professional would do, but I have only done it for my classes.
Having an Internship gives people and me the opportunity to apply the knowledge that was gained by taking all those courses. It is a way that we can really excel and put our knowledge to use. Also, internships allow for us to learn about the business world and get a feeling of actually working in the field. It is almost like an internship is a transitional stage, which allows people to move from the college world to the professional world.
Internships are also extremely important for getting hired in today’s market. Even if you make great grades in college and have some work experience, companies are still asking if you have completed an internship and where you completed it. Having an internship lets them know that you have experience in the field of work and have been in a professional setting prior to being hired. According to the Washington Post students and graduates are more likely to get a job if they have completed and internship.
Having an internship is comparable to having a job. In order to get an internship you need to submit a resume and a cover letter to the company of your choice. If you are interested in working for a particular company most likely a way to get your foot in to door is by applying for an internship.
Also, an important thing to remember is that not all internships are the same. Some require different work skills and other internships are just like being an assistant. I have talked to several of my peers and have heard that in your internship you are either an assistant or you are like a full time employee that is required to do work. If your internship is the latter, you will be expected to know how to work. They will not explain things that you should already know, and do not review what they expect either. It is your time to work, and put all your knowledge to use. So, if you are a student who does not pay intention or only does assignment to get by, you really might need to alter your behavior and start paying attention and really learn something if you plan on ever getting hired. It is a tough market out there, and the only way to be successful is to be prepared, and one way to do that is by doing an internship.
Either way a person can learn from having an internship. It is a way to see inside the company and really get a grasp on how the company functions and stays successful.
Thanks for Reading,