Summer Internships for College Students: Wait, You Want me to Work?

Published Saturday, December 4, 2021 by Richard Hong

You heard that right: I’m saying you should consider working, in the form of a summer internship. Summer internships give you the experience that you need to really know about your potential future job first hand before even entering, especially for those of you in college. With an internship, you’ll get an idea of what your future will entail with your current major and you can determine whether the job will be a good fit for you. Beyond that, it’s good for making connections to know people that have the same interest as you. Here, you will meet fellow interns who you can build lasting friendships with and they may even be future colleagues! Also, you’ll be able to list the experience you gained on your resume for when you do begin a formal job search.

You know that old joke, where jobs are always asking you to list experience before hiring you and thus teaching you experience?

Have you heard of that scenario where jobs ask you to list prior experience before hiring you, but you need a job for experience? Here is a perfect way to fulfill that requirement in such a way that you distinguish yourself from other applicants. What’s even better is that you may earn a salary at some internships. This way, you can get the benefits of getting paid to learn about a job you want to know about while having others help you before a big project. Beyond that, a recent study showed that students were consistently happier upon entering the job market with at least one internship experience compared to those who had no internship experience. If you’re looking to make some money while learning, or if you just want to secure yourself a better position in the job market later on, be sure to check out internships at many companies.

  • Relevant job experience and a chance to learn with professionals in the field
  • Connections with fellow interns or even the company, which may be interested in hiring you upon graduation
  • The opportunity to get the hackneyed “experience before experience”
  • A chance to really know what you’re getting into in the job market

Here are some examples of internships in the Silicon Valley:

McAfee – Partner Marketing Analyst Internship

Applied Materials Inc. – Project Manager Internship

Oracle- Internship

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