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Poll: Did Your Internships Prepare You For The Working World?

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InternshipsAs a college student, I’ve had my share of experiences with internships in both my undergrad and graduate careers. Internships have definitely helped me learn more about my field of interest, make connections, and ultimately decide whether or not I’d like to continue to pursue my desired profession for a living.

However, there can be a downside to internships. The really good ones are almost impossible to get into, some merely require you to keep the staff fed and caffeinated, and others require a lot of your time with little to no compensation.

Whether your internship experiences have been good or bad, have they equipped you with the right professional experience?

Please take our poll and tell us what you think in the comment section below!

Did you internships equip you with the right experience?

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Belen Chacon

Belen is a journalism graduate student at California State University, Northridge. She spends her time interning wherever she can and tweeting her heart out. You can follow her @journobelen.

2 comments

  1. One way to make sure the answer to this question is yes is to sit down with your internship supervisor at the company and with a mentor at your institution to plan out projects and exposure at the beginning instead of looking back and seeing how you did. A good internship program will have something like this in place.

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  2. Yes, absolutely. When I did my first internship as an ECE I was bored while at the school and found myself getting through the days. It became clear to me that it wasn’t just the class, school or teacher but the actual job and I changed fields.
    My second internship was in the career field. I was supposed to observe only but looking for a challenge I found an agency that needed someone who could deliver workshops as well. I ended up conducting mock interviews, assisting with resumes and informally counselling while there and I loved it. Confirming that unlike the first position I was in the right place.

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