INTERNSHIP: LIES AND MYTHS.
THE SECRETS ABOUT INTERNSHIPS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HERE IS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD UNTIL NOW
AND WHY ITS ALL BULLSHIT.
You should only apply for companies that are offering internships.
Not at all, for each internship advertised online over 100 students apply. Many companies that are willing to take on internships don't advertise because of the excess number of applicants taking up admin time to search through.
You don't have the experience to reach out to CEOs / founders of companies.
Influential people such as CEOs, directors and founders are all interested in the emerging workforce and want to support students as they transition from education to work. For this reason they are normally more than happy to answer any questions and see what opportunities maybe available for you.
You need a CV / cover letter to apply for an internship.
The majority of internships are found through connections that individuals already have which means it is unnecessary to have these documents.
You shouldn't get an internship outside of your study field.
The world is constantly developing and it's known now that careers for life are a thing of the past and the gig economy is growing rapidly. It is important for you to develop your transferrable skills to apply yourself to different industries. You will most probably learn more by trying something new, an internship is a great opportunity to do this.
You don't have enough experience to get your own placement, pay a company to find your internship for you.
You will not learn anything by getting someone else to find your internship, we cannot stress this enough. You are more likely to be placed with a company that you don't resonate with and working on a project that doesn't utilise your skills.
It's a numbers game, so the more you apply for the better your chances.
Not the case, you're wasting time that you should be spending on developing your skills, not applying to internships you don't even want.
You need a well known (big) company on your resume to have future job search success.
It’s about the work you do and what you take from the experience, not the size of the company you work for. Your work could have a bigger impact in a smaller company and you could learn much more during the process.
WHAT WE THINK YOU DESERVE TO KNOW
You are in such a strong position to get an internship that will enable you to work on projects that you love and will help develop your skills. We are in a world where we are more connected than ever before through digital channels and reaching out to companies could not be easier. Remote working is a growing industry even more so during current climates, with global pandemics effecting the way individuals and companies work. You need to be thinking differently to the hundreds of thousands of students looking for internships during these times. Use your time to explore the world of work, companies, founders, those you want to work for and what you can offer them.
So yes, your current thoughts are probably wrong, you need to forget the status quo and look for new, alternative opportunities. For those wanting to find out more, at Xperienceships we have a coached online course focussed on approaching internships differently and developing the key skills you need to get your dream internship.
Own Your Internship
Learn to professionally approach and interact with companies you love. Design a project that maximises your skills and adds value for you and your company. Manage your workload wether working in person or remotely. Use your internship for future roles and your next steps