Choosing The Right Internship

Internships are wonderful ways to prepare people for their future career. It does not only provide deeper understanding of the path they want to choose but also help them experience real-work situation in their chosen profession. The aim of every internship should be to bring you closer to your future goals. So before choosing the internship, make sure you have the answers of the following questions-

Is the nature of work compatible to your major and career objectives?

If you are majoring in Accounts and plan to work in accounts department, you probably do not want to intern in a hospital. So be sure that the tasks and responsibilities are matching to the type of career path you want to pave. Go for the internship which is adding new tools to your toolbox.

Is the internship environment fits with your personality?

when you go for the interview, try to take the feel of the environment. There is no point of settling for an internship where you don’t feel comfortable. Always remember environment in internship and your experience are interrelated. You should have a proper work space with required equipment.

Will you have enough opportunities to grow?

The whole idea of an internship is to get opportunities in future. Networking is one of the important considerations while choosing an internship. Look for an internship which will introduce you to new people, new tasks and new responsibilities. This has a potential of giving you a ticket to a job later.

Is the location comfortable for you?

This becomes an important consideration keeping your financial situation in mind. During internship, you do not earn a handsome salary so you want to be in an internship in which the location won’t be much of a burden to you.

Will the internship be providing scheduling flexibility?

Most college students have already studies and work to cop with. So, choose an internship which understands your schedule as well. In short, an internship should be a stepping stone to a great future rather than being a roadblock.

What about the supervisors?

The success of an internship depends on the excellent supervision. Is there a proper guidance to help you complete a task or clarify questions? You will never know if you are doing things properly in the absence of a great supervision. It takes time to get accustomed to a new environment and new tasks. You want someone who can provide you invaluable experience and guide you throughout.

Will you be receiving feedbacks?

Feedback’s are perfect way to know there is still a scope of learning. If you want to succeed in your professional life, look for an internship that offer structured evaluations. Criticism should be taken in a positive sense and thrive to seek the best results.

Will you be getting perks or incentives?

Incentives promote loyalty and retention. An intern is bound to be a penny-pinker  because of his constrained budget. When a company provides perks and incentives, it gives a person reason to stay one more month. It also boosts their morale, foster communication and help add value to the company.

Reshali Balasubramaniam

Head of HR, HR Counselor and adviser at and EFutureTech Systems. Submit your resume online and be contacted by prospective employers.