Landing An Internship While Transferring From Community College

by A Guest Author

More and more high school students are choosing to go the community college route after high school rather than jumping right into a four-year school. This is a great strategy because it allows you to develop a foundation for your education that will make you a success when you get into the working world.

One of the benefits of going to a community college before university is that you can spend time utilizing what you have learned in an internship. Companies from all over the country are taking community college graduates and giving them valuable internships to further their careers.

There are some things you need to do that will help you get the right internship and bridge that gap between your community college experience and furthering your career.

Start Early

Don't wait until you have almost graduated from community college to start looking into your internship opportunities. The companies that are looking for internships start posting early in the school year and that is when you should start getting letters out and making contacts.

 Think Outside The Box

If you feel that you could derive value from an internship with a company that has not posted a position at your school, then contact the human resources department of that company directly. Part of getting the experience you need to succeed in business world is making your own opportunities. Just because that ideal company has not posted an internship does not mean that it is not looking for people. Take the important step of reaching out and making your own waves to get ahead in your career.

Play To Your Strengths

One of the most important things to remember about an internship is that you are doing it for valuable experience in your field. If you just wanted a summer job, then you can get one anywhere. But an internship is a chance for you to learn what it really means to work within your industry of choice.

When you choose an internship, make sure that you choose one with a company that is prominent in your industry and be certain that you choose a position that is going to help you reach your employment goals. It can take time to find the right position, but having a valuable internship on your resume is well worth the effort it takes to find one.

Be Active On Campus

If your goal is to get into the radio or broadcasting industry, then get involved with the on-campus radio station. Most community colleges have small stations that are run by students. You can take on a position with the radio station and make the most of it for your future. If you work hard and focus on developing your skills, then you may be able to score an internship simply from the contacts you have made.

Stay In Touch

If you are moving on to a four-year school after your summer internship, it is important to stay in touch with the company you worked for. You may be able to get more internships in the future and that company may wind up hiring you when you graduate.

When your community college degree is over, it is time to continue your quest for industry-specific experience. A good internship could be an important step in securing your employment future.

About The Author:

Jerry Smith is a writer for proHR. When he's not writing he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoors. proHR is a leading human resources company that offers recruiting, payroll, PEO services and solutions, ASO solutions and much more. proHR is based in West Jordan, Utah.

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