In today’s market, the only thing that matters is how well you sell yourself to your future employer and for doing that you will definitely have an advantage if you have participated in an internship. The following article will give you a better understanding on what exactly is an internship and how to go for it.
What is an internship?
An internship is a temporary real world job experience usually done by college or university students. It helps the intern gain practical knowledge. It can either be paid or voluntary depending upon the hiring organization and the type of work.
The primary aim of attending an internship program is to get familiar with the type of work and the environment. It prepares the intern for tackling common problems which otherwise would require training if he/she had joined a job directly.
If the intern performs well during the internship, the company hires him/her as a permanent employee. This is a win-win situation as the company does not have to spend precious resources in training the intern, and the intern has earned himself a permanent job.
What is the difference between a job and an internship?
An employee is expected to work independently without constant guidance from their colleagues whereas an intern is given complete guidance. A job is considered as permanent or long contract work.On the other hand, an internship can last 1-6 months depending upon the company’s requirement. Both the parties understand that an internship is conducted for the benefit of the intern and thus he is not entitled to a salary. Interns will not be able to avail benefits such as paid leave, medical care and other perks.
Why is an internship necessary?
“You need experience in order to get experience”. Let’s understand this statement. You gain experience in an internship. You also gain experience in a job. However to get that job, you will need a certain amount of experience, which is acquired through an internship.
As a student, an internship is The Holy Grail. It gives the best opportunity to get an experience of the work you will be doing in future. When a student applies for a job, companies prefer to select students who have completed an internship. This way, the company has to spend less time in training him/her.
Doing an internship exposes students to new people in a more controlled and stable environment. It provides a nice learning curve to students as they have very little experience in the professional world. Moreover, it helps gain confidence and gives an in-depth practical knowledge of what has already been taught theoretically.
How do I apply?
Applications can be submitted online through the websites given below. The hiring organisation will send you an email once they have received your application after which you will have to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV). The company will thoroughly review it and if they feel you are eligible, they will select you for the Personal Interview (PI) round. This is the round where most of the people get rejected. Progressed through this round? Congratulations, because you have earned yourself an internship/job!
Where to apply for an internship?
Here is a list of websites where you will be able to find internships:
What is PI round?
The Personal Interview round is the final phase of the selection process of an internship as well as a job. Employers will assess your communication skill, knowledge of the subject and problem solving skills. Another important part of the interview is salary negotiation. The HR representative will negotiate salary and other perks of your job.
Although you will hear others say “Don’t mug up anything before, just be yourself and answer all the questions honestly”, it is not true. According to experts, people who have revised a few lines before hand on basic questions such as self introduction, hobbies, aim after joining the company, etc. have a better chance of getting the job.
Always remember, it should be you who has to do more of the talking. Explaining the projects you have completed in your course is the most effective method. This helps in hiding your nervousness and gives the employer a better impression.
It is highly recommended to study thoroughly about the company before sitting for the personal interview. The HR representative is bound to ask questions about the company. It shows that you are ready to undertake the work done by the company as well as showcases your excitement to grab the opportunity to work for that company.
Employers are more inclined to hiring candidates with the following qualities:
- Are confident and Interactive.
- Have effective problem solving skills.
- Possess soft skills.
- Hold a comprehensive CV.
- Have a clear picture on the company’s values and goals.
What to include in a CV?
A CV should include the following details:
- Personal Information
- Contact Information
- Work Experience
- Skills and interests
You can also add your hobbies and achievements. Only include those points/achievements which you can give a convincing explanation about. It will reduce your chances significantly if the employer finds out that you have included fake achievements. Certificate of completion of various courses or knowing an extra language will undoubtedly give you an upper hand over the others.
- It is the best opportunity to get a hands-on working experience.
- Certain internships will give you a stipend.
- Your confidence will increase.
- You will realize if your career actually suits you or not.
- It will add to your resume.
- It helps build soft skills.
We at Helping Dude provide eligible candidates to be a part of the team. Internships are offered thrice a year for content writers, social media promoters and designers. You can read the details about our internship program on our Intern Page.
Every internship requires some skills to know more regarding top in-demand skills, check out this article.