Make sure you make a list of goals and establish what you hope to gain from doing an internship before checking out the internship listings online or contacting employers about potential internships. You may find yourself in an internship where you are unhappy and one that is not related to your future career goals or aspirations by skipping this step. Especially if you are unsure of what you want to do after graduation, an internship is a time to explore different career fields on the other hand. Internships will provide experience to see if a particular industry or career is the right choice for you. Students can compare different career fields and better understand where their skills and interests are best suited by doing several different types of internships. For example you might want to get an internship in both of these areas to find out more about each one and learn about the duties and responsibilities of each job in case are a business major and interested in marketing and advertising. Internships offer experience and a way to see what it’s actually like working in the field or industry. An internship will provide relevant experience in a field to include in a resume as well as providing you with networking contacts and professional references

Developing internship goals

Before committing to a field, perhaps you are interested in pursuing a career in your major or minor and you want to go out and try it out, you may be interested in pursuing something totally different than what you are studying in college. Remember, organizations make their hiring decisions based on college performance as well as any co-curricular, professional, and volunteer experiences of the applicant. Are you seeking a large fortune five hundred company or a non- profit agency in which to work. Think about the type of environment where you thrive best and what culture you will find yourself feeling the most comfortable. Smaller companies often provide new hires with an opportunity to learn many facets of the business as well as a chance to move up in the organization rather quickly. On the other hand, there may be little room for upward mobility or you might enjoy the exciting challenges and teamwork which are often a part of the large corporate culture in case a company is too small.  You will need to find an internship in close proximity to your college in case you are planning to do your internship during the college semester. You may prefer to find an internship close to home to avoid having to pay for housing and personal expenses or you may be interested in moving to a place where you plan on finding a job after graduation or someplace totally new where you’ve always wanted to live during the summer months. There are still many internships that are unpaid although there are a significant number of internship that pay (and some quite well). Sometimes employers who offer unpaid internships require interns to do their internship for credit.