We are all familiar with this situation. The study semester is almost over and not a single thought has been given to applying for summer internships yet. Between exam stress and paper submissions, finding an internship seems an impossible task. This is completely understandable. However, it does make sense to spend some time preparing one’s application documents and searching for a meaningful summer internship. But maybe you are asking “Why?”
We will give you our top three reasons!
Experience different departments
Despite having finished a certain field of study, many graduates feel uncertain about their professional future. When your university curriculum is not especially specific and contains mostly general subjects, it is not a big help for figuring out one’s career plan.
You can prevent yourself from this situation by using your holidays smartly and with purpose. First, think of the departments and industries you are interested in and where you’d like to gain experience, e.g. Sales or Marketing. Only by doing this, you can find out if the imagination of your dream job reflects the reality.
Balance between cash and experience
For certain summer jobs you will get paid better than for others – for the same amount of working hours! Obviously, some might think, why should I spend hours for searching an internship, if I could get some shift work anyway and probably earn more than my colleagues doing an internship.
Everyone must decide for themselves what the priority for an internship is. Is it money or the experience? Nevertheless, one should keep in mind that many interns are offered future full-time contracts with the company they completed the internship with!
Try anything and everything
Your student years are a special time in your life where you can try out everything and truly follow your interests. Not only the department you want to start working in, but also the company size and structure might influence your future job plans. Maybe you have always dreamed to work in a big corporation, and then you find out that working at a mid-sized company, where you know all your colleagues by name is more enjoyable for you.
As you can see, it does pay off to do internships at different companies to find out where you like working. Depending on your personality and preferences, you will learn what kind of company size and structure is the perfect fit for you.
In the end, no matter where you do your internship, you will gain valuable experience both professionally and personally. If you decide to work in different departments though, you will have an advantage when it comes to the career start compared to your colleagues who did not choose their internships smartly.
At Tractive, we feel that internships are the chance to learn and to gain valuable insights of the professional life that awaits you after you graduate. For us, it is important that interns work on real tasks from day one and experience how it is to work at a dynamic start-up company. Because one thing is for sure, only if you work passionately, you will become an expert in your field!
Want to know more about internships at Tractive? Then have a look at what our previous interns have experienced with us!