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Importance of College Internships

Innovative Internships: Getting What You Want Is Up to You


As a college student at a school with an ineffective career center, it's up to you to find interesting internships that would build your resume for a competitive job market upon graduation. Interning is important because it allows you to test a handful of different career paths and helps you identify your talents. Not to mention the invaluable connections that serve as references for your first real-world employer, and may even become part of your personal board of directors. But what if you just can't seem to track down an internship that suits your distinct interests? To find out what some ambitious students have been doing just read more

The Wall Street Journal profiled a few very motivated students who actually created their own internships. While it's rare that college students know exactly what they want to do (at least I didn't), these unique individuals couldn't find what they were looking for and developed their own internship ideas. Think of it like schools who let you create your own major, or if you were allowed to develop your own job description at work.

One college junior created an internship that allowed her to combine her love for hip-hop music with her interest in helping children. She tried finding something she'd enjoy among formal internship programs, and after not being able to find a match she sent letters to eight non-profits. None of these organizations had a formal intern program but one took her on (stipend included) based on the position she had outlined.

What would have been (or could be) the perfect internship for you?

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