College students are motivated animals that will do almost anything to land that coveted summer internship. Their dreams of working for the best, well-known company are fresh from the classrooms of their college campuses. Only the best are motivated enough to land multiple internships, but the ones who do will have their pick. Paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, an intern will jump at the chance to work for those companies that value them, and their learning experience. So what exactly are college students looking for when choosing a summer internship? Take a look.
1) Real responsibility/experience
It’s common knowledge that no one enjoys making copies and fetching coffee. While everyone’s been there at some point in life, rising juniors and seniors are ready to ditch their old generic summer internships (interning at a doctors office when you’re a film studies major doesn’t make much sense) and start getting into work their truly interested in. College students are motivated, and yearning to learn the tricks of their future trade, so doing real and important work is something every promising intern is looking for.
2) Fast paced work environment
Nothing excites an aspiring intern more than the thought of living and breathing in a real-life, fast paced work environment (similar to the ones they’ve seen on TV). While nothing can be quite as glamorous as TV, every intern knows the best learning comes when your thrown into a work environment and put under pressure. While this is scary, in the end it will pay off. Every intern will be amazed at how much they’ve learned.
Obviously money is a huge treat for the broke college student that will be paying loans off right after they graduate. While interns will take unpaid internships, especially if it’s a company their extremely interested in, money is always a little something extra that may help an intern differentiate and decide between two opportunities.
The thing that can help an intern the most is feedback. Landing an amazing internship can be cool, but with no feedback you aren’t gaining any knowledge. So companies need to be prepared to tell an intern their strong points and what they need to work on. They’re sure to take it to heart and work to improve.
5) Resume builder
The most important thing when looking for a job after college is having an impressive resume. Employers love experience so having an internship where you actually learned about your future field is something worth showing off. Gaining knowledge and learning is what interns are looking for. They want something to put on their resume, and to talk about during interviews.
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