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Internships - Gateway to Career Growth

by Emilija Georgievska on 29th November, 2012 at 3:06 PM CEST

If you look up the word “intern” in the dictionary, you will be given the following explanation: “A student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.”

Although I am quite sure that all of you are familiar with this term, I feel obliged to define it and give it an appropriate introduction. The first association with the word (if you are a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy”) is the assistant physician or surgeon in a hospital, at least in an American context. The more broad usage of it refers to any kind of pre-work experience, usually connected to the particular field of study of the student, which takes place during the ongoing university attendance. In the past, doing an internship was seen as something optional, an experience that would have a positive influence on a person’s professional prosperity and probably something that not many people were able to gain access to. Nowadays, on the contrary, the experience of being an intern has become even obligatory (for those universities using the Bologna System). Nonetheless, this valuable experience also paves the path to finding a proper job that will certainly lead students to at least two internships. Students undertake the role of an intern not because they are confused or they do not know what to work in the future, but because the companies themselves require their new employees to have gone through the process of gaining the work ethics during their course of studies.

However, instead of trying to define the term and discuss the economic situation, I will try to give a deeper insight into the actual process of doing an internship, what it really means and how important it is in today’s society. The best way to do this is to see what students have to say on this topic, to share their own personal experiences and opinions.

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“Internships are very beneficial, but today, in this hectic society that we live in, you cannot expect that someone will have enough will and patience to show you the job. That is why it is important to invest in yourself, do not be scared of new experiences and always try to enrich your knowledge”- says Natasa Vidakovic from Croatia.

“Doing internships has always been essential to me, because it’s the only way to find out if a job is really my thing. And whenever I found out that I like doing something, the internship was the only way to get the training I needed in order to become professional. What is most important though is that especially in journalism, all employers expect to find a specific amount of internship-time in your CV when applying for a job. All of the internships I did were paid, although the amount I received was not very high. Paid internships are very important to me, because it is a sign that your employer values your work even if you applied to learn something in the first place.”- Fabian Graber from Austria.

“The best thing to do is to write directly to the institution/company where the student wants to work. If they see that a student is directly interested in them, the chances of getting the internship are greater. The rest depends on the student, on how much she/he is willing to commit to and learn. It is always difficult to be motivated without having a salary, but the hope for a better future can help us go through it.”- adds Doris Manu from Romania.

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And here are some helpful sites where you can look for internship positions:

www.mladiinfo.com

www.salto-youth.net

www.internships.com

www.GoAbroad.com 

How many internships have you done? And what impact did they have on your professional outlook?

Emilija Georgievska | Action Team #10

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Really important phase of life is doing internship .. learning takes place in real as far as corporate life is concern... It was amazing phase of my llife back in 2006, 2007 & 2009. . . :)

Its amazing links regarding it. . . few links r helpful for EU region .. but few r really helpful at gllobal level . . :) :)

Awesome sharing ... as some giv info regarding conferences as well... it will helpful links for future .. :)

4th December, 2012 @ 1:30 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Internships broaden your outreach and gives you better experience

6th December, 2012 @ 8:16 PM CEST

jigar panot

jigar panot

It is the place wherein the ability to apply your intellectual knowledge in the practical world will be tested

Knowledge itself isn't enough in the practical life. It's the experience that matters. To a small child, you cant teach love, care or affection. It is through the experience that he feels and understands.

One develops self confidence and dedication through experience only.

15th December, 2012 @ 9:23 PM CEST

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Himanshu mishra

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