What are you going to do with your life?
Students hear this all the time. The question can be pretty nerve-wracking, and students aren't sure what to answer. There are so many paths out there! How are you supposed to be sure?
Taking on an internship can give you some clarity about your professional aspirations. Whether you're a high school or graduate student, there are plenty of internships for you this upcoming semester.
Let's get into it!
1. Figure out your interests. It's totally normal to be in high school and not know what you want to do in the future. There's a lot of pressure when it comes to making the right decision. An internship can give you clarity on which path you want to take. Even if you end your internship and think, "Yeah, this isn't for me," figuring that out is part of the journey!
2. Gain real-world experience. Having an internship or two under your belt gives you an edge in this competitive job market. It counts as professional experience, so you can make sure to add it to college and job applications. Not only that, but you begin to understand what you can expect going into a specific industry.
3. Create a network. During your internship, you have the opportunity to build relationships with people in the field that interest you. Not only is it cool to meet top-notch professionals, but you open up the possibility for support and opportunities in the future. LinkedIn is a great social networking platform to get started!
Check out this blog post by LinkedIn for 20 steps to make your LinkedIn profile better.
4. Practice professionalism and soft skills. Is it possible to become professional overnight? The short answer is no. So why not start practicing now? Soft skills, like communication and time management, are in high demand! A recent survey says over 93% of employers want to see soft skills on a resume.
5. Build your resume. Experience is worth its weight in gold when applying to colleges or a job. By interning this upcoming semester, you will have another job or qualification you can add to your resume, making you stand out from the crowd!
6. Learn from other professionals. When interning, the goal is to learn new things. Seems obvious, right? An internship gives you a front-row seat in the industry you're interested in. It's your chance to ask questions, learn from other professionals in the field, and finally see where all the course material applies in the real world.
How can you find an internship this upcoming semester?
You might be wondering: This is all great, but how can I apply for an internship
That’s a great question! You can find different internships that are offered in San Francisco by creating an account on our website below!