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Not All Internships Are Created Equal: How to Find the Right One for You

By Jordan Perras

April 13, 2017

While the stereotypical intern isn’t grabbing coffee and filing papers anymore, you still want to be aware of what you’re signing up for when you accept an internship. Here are some tips to make sure you choose the right internship for you.

  •   Read the fine print. Read through the job description carefully. Does it sound like you will be doing real work? Expect that you will have some menial tasks, but if that’s all you would be doing, don’t be afraid to pass. Don’t apply to jobs just because you like the title, make sure you like the work too. Is it paid or unpaid?
  •   Ask the right questions. In the interview, be sure to ask about the team’s culture – What is the dress code? What do interns do if they get free time? Will you be trained? Are there any activities outside of work? How many hours will you be working?
  •   Think about your long-term career. Where do you want to be in five years? Will this job help you get there? Sometimes you will have to choose between a name brand firm with a less important job and a lesser known firm with a more important job. If you are in a situation to decide between more than one opportunity, sit down with your advisor and talk through how this job could help you down the road.

Use your school’s career services page, LinkedIn, company career sites, and good ol’ Google to find potential jobs. Use career fairs to network and don’t be afraid to reach out to your parent’s friends or your neighbors! Good luck!

Jordan Perras will graduate in 2018 from Northeastern University and she is majoring in Math and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics.  She has a wide variety of interests that include history, art and literature and plans to pursue an MBA after college. She is especially interested in the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business.

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