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Top 5 Things to Look for in an Internship


What to look for in an internship

A great internship can be the stepping stone to a high-quality job and a successful future career, but not all internships are the same. It is important to choose an internship that is a good fit for you and will give you the tools and support to advance your career. These are the top 5 things to look for in an internship that will help you get the most out of your entry-level status.


Enjoyable work culture

When looking for a job, office culture is an important factor to consider. Having coworkers that you connect to will lead to better work relationships and overall a happier workday. Who wouldn’t want to work with their friends? Psychological studies have shown that having positive, valuable work relationships will improve the quality of your work and increase job fulfillment. Jobs that have great work cultures usually offer team-building activities, have employees that you can easily relate to, and have approachable management.


Training

One of the main purposes of an internship is to learn more about your skills in a professional setting and work on improving yourself and your skills with the help of a company. In a great internship, your superiors and your coworkers will work to help you develop new skills and excel in your position. Keep an eye out for positions that offer paid training or in-office training.


Opportunities for growth

Other than training, an important part of an internship is the opportunities it provides for your future and your career. Many internships offer the chance of a job offer after the internship is complete, but a job that allows for growth and advancement throughout the time period is even more helpful to young, hardworking professionals.


Flexible schedule

If you are looking for an internship as a student, finding one with flexible dates or times can be a major challenge. Although it is important to gain as much work experience you can before graduation, it is also important to not have an internship that will negatively impact your schoolwork or overload your schedule.


Mentors you can learn from

Although group training and overall work involvement can take you far, having mentors that are willing to work one-on-one with you can completely transform your experience. A great mentor will help to develop your skills and shape you to become the person you want to be. Try to find mentors that hold positions that match or are similar to the job you want to hold in the future. To choose a job that has possible mentors, research the upper-level employees of your potential employer to see if your goals and interests match theirs.

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