I am SO excited to have my first guest post today! Taylor from Taylor Danielle Blog was an officer in a student organization I advise on campus. I have known Taylor for a few years and can only say great things about her hard work and dedication. Taylor is a fashion merchandising major and participated in a summer internship with Nordstrom. When she wrote a post titled “Tips on Landing an Awesome Internship” I just knew she needed to share some tips for my followers. Without further ado…
Benefits of an Internship
Relationships = Connections
We have all heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” but once I completed my summer internship I found this statement to be absolute truth. The number and caliber of people that one encounters is great but you must take advantage of this and view it as an opportunity. During an internship program you will be allowed the opportunity to rub elbows with your superiors who may very well one day hire you and eventually promote you. Some may promote you or vouch for you based on the fact that you were an intern. Meeting and becoming acquainted with superiors is one thing, but building relationships with peers can also prove to be just as beneficial.
You get a glimpse of the real world
When I began my internship program I was faced with the fact that I would be working 40-50 hours a week, 5 days a week with some of those days being longer than 8 hours. As a full time college student for four years, I had never experienced that before and was in a bit of a shock for the first couple of weeks. I say all of this to say, interning gives you a taste of the real world with all of its benefits and hardships. Experiencing this while in school or fresh out of school can only help you to develop into the working adult you aspire to be. I also was given information on things like insurance and even 401k plans which I was not given while working summer jobs.
You gain experience/ communication skills
Being in a professional environment requires a new set of skills and a new way of thinking. Interning gives you an opportunity to learn new things from the bottom up and apply them as you learn. Without a doubt you will learn how to communicate with equals and superiors on a professional level because it is required of you. It is inevitable that you will pick up on new skills and communication styles when in such an environment. Depending on your field, your experiences will vary, but either way interning gives you the exposure you need. Nothing trumps the experience one gains from interning. Many times, the biggest lessons are learned when you mess up or fail at something but what better place to mess up and learn from those mistakes than during an internship program.
You will know if that’s what you really want to do
Learning and experiencing are two completely different things. Learning from someone else’s experiences is often times helpful. I interned as a manager, but I worked closely with someone who used to be a fashion buyer (something I originally thought I wanted to do). Just from talking to her and hearing about her experiences and her day to day tasks, I confidently made the decision that becoming a buyer is something that I just did not want to do. It did not fit my personality or my style of work ethic. With that being said, interning solidified some decisions that would have been “up in the air” for me otherwise. Interning helped me to narrow down the type of positions that I want to apply for once I graduate.
Until next post…xoxo Becca