I find it incredible how there are many college seniors throughout the country that have either had minimal internships or have never had an internship. Now, this is just what I have noticed from people I have met and known over the last few years and should in no way be deemed as a fact (although it probably is).
Students of all ages need to realize the importance of internships and how even the unpaid ones are valuable (although always shoot for the paid ones if you can). By the time I accepted my job 1 month before graduation, I had held several internships dating back to my Senior year in High School. Each one utilized a different area of my skill set and helped develop me into the professional that I am today. Not only did these internships look good to me, they also looked great on my resume. Clubs, numerous internships, awards, and other accolades are what helped me land a great job without going to an Ivy League or another top school. I am proud to say that I was able to get a job as an investment banking analyst, through hard work and not just because I went to a top school like many other students who get these type of jobs (nothing against those people, kudos to them for getting similar jobs through their own path!).
I urge high school and college students to always be on the lookout for an internship. Why mow lawns or scoop ice cream during the summer, when there could be a great internship opportunity near you that pays well and that would look great on your resume! Take a look at www.internships.com and many other internship sites to see what is available (simple Google search will give you a ton of options). Always start early because many internships fill up quickly and like the saying goes “the early bird gets the worm.” In this case, the worm also has to nail the interviews and beat out the other candidates ;).
Try to find an internship that aligns with your interests, career path, and major. Although don’t rule out other internship opportunities that could also provide a plethora of knowledge and skills that could impress a future employer.
Hope this brief post helps spark some urgency in students to go out and start looking and applying for internships to bolster their resumes and better their futures.