The Internship

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Internships. A source of stress for many a college student because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of pressure to use our time in college to make ourselves as marketable as we possibly can.

Applying for internships comes with a lot of stress, for some it’s because it’s their first time applying for any sort of job, others because their dream internship is very competitive and the list of reasons goes on and on. While the source of stress that comes with internships may vary but the stress itself is something we all have in common.

An internship is never unattainable though.

Sure, it can be a daunting and challenging task. If you truly want it though, you’ll make it happen.

How? Hard work.

I know, shocking right?

You may not think that something like an internship should take as much work as it does, especially considering everything else you’ve probably got on your plate, but honestly, what good would it do us if someone held our hands through the whole process? No good at all. Think about it, if we were babied then what would we truly learn from the experience? Nothing.

We would have little to no clue how to write a resume, a cover letter, search for jobs, network, interview and more.

I’m not saying that you have to go it alone. You have resources that are there to help you, they just can’t do it for you. Look to parents, professors and campus resources to help guide you, that’s what they’re there for; to teach you and prepare you.

I don’t want to make it suddenly sound easy to get an internship because it’s not, internships don’t often fall into a person’s lap, but it’s not always the big struggle people make it out to be.

I’m not claiming to be an expert. I’m currently going through the process of applying for my second internship and I know that there’s still plenty for me to learn.  However, I know what I want for my future and I understand that my future starts here.

If you get scared counter it with initiative. It never hurts to try to put yourself out there because the worst they can do is tell you no and leave you with experience handling rejection; it may be the first time you’ve had to deal with it but it’s not likely going to be your last. That initiative however, could also happen to catch the right person’s attention at just the right time and before you know it you find yourself on the fast track towards your future.

We can’t give up after the first rejection. After all, we’re competing with one another in this crazy world and that’s going to make things challenging.

The best thing we can remember when applying for internships is that hard work and persistence will eventually pay off.

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