For those of you who are looking for your first internship or even second or third internship, it’s important to look back and see why you’re taking them. If you’re already interning and you’ve worked in different fields and job titles then this article probably isn’t for you.
This article is really for people who have not gotten an internship yet and for those who have been interning but in the same positions and same job titles. I’m here to share with you why you need to intern in more than one industry or field within an industry.
A little context about my background, I’m currently 19 and I’ve interned at quite a few places, 7 companies to be exact! If you’re wondering how you can read this article. Some internships were operational, many of them are creative, one of them was product development, and another was Public Relations. I’ll put my resume’s pdf down below.
Reason #1: You get a taste of everything
This might be obvious but there are quite a few people who are not willing to take that risk. They want to stick with marketing internships so when they graduate, they get the marketing job. Although that is a logical choice… unless that is your dream career and you’re super sure of your decision, that may not be the best decision.
In your college years, that is the best time to intern and try everything out. If you’re majoring in marketing, try a PR internship or Product Development or Data Analytics or even Visual Merchandising. There are so many avenues to go down and get a taste of while you have no consequences in trying.
That way, you can graduate with a better sense of what you want. And even if you don’t, at least you’ve built the skills for multiple careers and you know what you DON’T want.
Reason #2: You build a more diverse network
This comes with every internship. You meet people, different people, and you get to see what kinds of people you get along with best. The fact that you’re in different fields and industries will help you build a more diverse network.
You can meet people who are photographers, producers, product developers, engineers, journalists, etc. If you ever need anything, you can always connect with them on LinkedIn and try to maintain the connection.
They can write you a recommendation letter and/or be gateways to other internships in your desired field. Super cool, right?
Reason #3: You learn what environment you are better suited for
Each industry and/or field have different paces. The fashion industry is rather quick-paced and the journalism industry. Putting yourself in different environments will help you learn which one is for you. When I say environment, that includes the people, the setting, the way you’re treated or respected, etc.
Often times, people graduate and they jump from company to company because they’re figuring it out as they go. They’d find themselves in places they didn’t major in or even interned in. Even if it’s at a great company that pays well, people will still find themselves unsatisfied because the environment of the company plays a big role.
What are you willing to work the 9-5 for? That’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself and it’s better to have a partial answer than none.
I hope that helped you and sparked some movement! Get it going, guys!