Congrats to all you freshmen students out there. You're less than two months away from completing the first year of your college education. That means it's time to map out vacation plans. But it seems no matter where you turn, there are people who can't stop talking about how landing a summer internship will look good on your resume. And they're right.
Applying for an internship is so much more than a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience or an opportunity to develop skills that may prove helpful when you enter the working world. It's a stepping stone, one of many on the path leading to the career you always wanted to pursue.
Before the search can commence, however, there are countless questions you need to ask and countless more bits of information you need to take into consideration. So if you're in the market for a summer internship, here are the top two things you (and all college students) should look out for as you start hunting.
IS THIS POSITION THE RIGHT FIT FOR ME?
This is perhaps the ultimate question every student asks themselves when applying for an internship. The right internship means the right skillset, the right skillset means the right job. And the right job means the right career choice. Be sure to give the job description and the qualifications sections a close read before you click the submit button. Not doing so may result in you interning at a business that isn’t so much as a stepping stone as it is a stint that detracts from your overall career objectives.
CAN I LEARN SOMETHING FROM WORKING HERE?
When it comes to this question, the answer should be simple. Why, you ask? Because internships are all about learning. If you're unable to learn anything that might be beneficial in the long run, you can't add value to the company you're working for (or get a shot at full-time employment). Consider, with each position you find a job on an employment-related search engine (LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc.), what you can learn in the event you're hired. Something else to keep in mind: apply for an internship where you have an actual chance to contribute and, should you be brought in for an interview, use the phrase "add value". It will show employers you're interested.
We here at Boro hope these recommendations prove useful as you set out to land the internship of your dreams. We also hope that you choose Boro – the best personal payment plan for students – when covering unplanned expenses.
It's no secret that there are monetary costs that come with internships, especially if one such internship requires you to temporarily relocate. In addition to moving into an apartment, there's purchasing furniture, setting up utilities, and paying the security deposit. With a Boro monthly payment plan, you can finance whatever you're looking to purchase, pay or lease. It's affordable (with payments starting at $36 for $1000 purchases), dependable (you can receive the money less than a day after completing your loan application) and flexible when it comes to loan terms.