Erica Nadal is a 2013 college graduate from Pace University. She attended the downtown NYC campus and holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Not only does Erica come from a family with multiple Pace University graduates, Erica also had the liberty of being one of the “Faces of Pace” during her senior year, being featured in advertisements for Pace University. Erica currently resides in New Jersey with her family, where she spends her free time reading and writing, and aspires to become a published author in the future.
There comes a point in your college career when you start to hear students discussing internship positions they currently have or are currently applying for. Around that time is generally when a series of questions or concerns about interning will start to enter your mind, if it hasn’t already, such as; when exactly should I start worrying about doing an internship? Is it required for my major? If it isn’t required, should I still do one? Am I only supposed to partake in one internship program? Is that something I’m supposed to wait to do when I’m in the end of my junior year or senior year of college?
Many students believe that they don’t need to start worrying about doing an internship until senior year of college, maybe even the end of their junior semester. Why some people think this you might ask? Well, for some reason many students feel that if they wait until their senior year, then they will have a better chance of being offered a full time position with the company they are interning for. For some of the lucky ones out there this may be the case, but not always. Another reason many students wait to intern until their junior or senior year is, because their major may require them to participate in an internship during junior or senior year, so they want to wait to do it for when they can get college credit for interning. But what if my major doesn’t require an internship? Still do one! Chances are before you reach the day that you get to walk across the stage in your cap and gown, you are going to have to fulfill a certain amount of elective credits to graduate. Most if not every school offers an internship class where you get college credit for participating in an internship. Your intern supervisor will be in contact with your internship class professor, and you will have to do a series of assignments to show your professor what you are getting out of your internship.
What if I don’t have time to do an internship because of my course load for the semester? Well you have several options. You can start researching possible summer internship programs to apply for if you know that you won’t be able to juggle the responsibility of an internship along with all of the responsibilities of being a college student. Or you can do what I did. Many companies out there offer virtual internship positions that you can do from home. Though I was taking a full load of credits, I lucked out when a fellow student at school told me to check out a site called Intern Sushi. They offer tons of virtual internships that offer college credit. I was able to sign up for the internship class at school and do a social media marketing internship from home at my own pace, for when I wasn’t in class. It was definitely a great experience. Though I didn’t get the experience of walking into an office every week, I was able to participate in conference calls and Skype video calls with other interns and employees from the company.
Now the burning the question you’ve been waiting for, how may internships should I participate in? Is one enough? Let me set the record straight, one is never enough. When it comes time to applying for a full time job after graduation, you will find yourself coming across a similar problem that many recent grads are facing…experience.