Types of Internships

Some students may not realize the importance of an internship. Even if your career school does not require it for graduation, it is a smart idea to participate in one while still in school. The benefits of an internship are endless and include gaining hands on experience, social networking, learning your talents and abilities, enhancing your resume and applying classroom work to real world experiences. While looking for the perfect internship, keep in mind the different types that are available to you.
Internships may be paid or unpaid. Unfortunately, most will be unpaid but will still count for your college credits. The best way to find a paid internship is to utilize your school’s Career Center where you will find vast amounts of internship information and people willing to help you on your search. You can also ask your professors, friends and associates that currently work in your field of interest if they know of anyone looking to hire an intern. Attending job fairs, searching the classifieds in your local newspaper or searching online career sites such as Yahoo Hot Jobs, Monster, Dice and Career Builder is another way you can get your name and resume out there and earn the proper feedback. Another route you may want to take is to find a job related to your field and ask your guidance counselor if it could count as your internship.
Though it may be more difficult to find a paid internship, there are great incentives and benefits that may be offered with an unpaid internship. For example, monetary awards such as stipend, bonuses and money to cover transportation and/or food may be offered to unpaid employees. Also, perks such as concert tickets, gift certificates and other gifts may be offered to hard workers. Extended stay internships may also offer housing for their unpaid interns.
Internships may also count for credit or non-credit. If you are a current student and your career school requires an internship for graduation, you will need one that counts for credit. Depending on different school standards, you will be expected to work your internship for a certain period of time (anywhere from 6-16 weeks) and work the necessary hours (ranging from 10-20 hours a week). Hard work and your precious time should count towards your success so always double check that your internship will count for credit.
Internships can also be found in several kinds of work fields. Depending on your program of study, you will be placed in a specific field. Private sector jobs offer the highest variety of internships and will most likely be un-paid. State Department internships provide the best hands-on experience, are the most competitive and are usually paid. Nonprofit sector internships, such as the Peace Corps, usually require extended periods of commitment but almost always guarantee job placement post graduation and other attractive benefits.
Your internship is very important to your higher education. Finding the right internship can determine your future career and job placement. To help get you on the right path towards success, check out Americolleges.com and find the best career school for you!