How Do I Become a Student Trainee? (with picture)

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh
Trainee programs are designed to help you to advance in your career, and some jobs offer you compensation while others are unpaid.
Trainee programs are designed to help you to advance in your career, and some jobs offer you compensation while others are unpaid.

To become a student trainee, you need to attend a post-secondary institution, develop a relationship with an organization, and apply for the position. Student trainee jobs are available at different levels of your education, from the beginning of college onwards, depending on the organization. Some organizations prefer that student trainees work as interns with the company before moving into the student trainee role, which has more responsibility and long-term obligations than an internship.

Student trainee positions are available to students who are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree. The undergraduate degree that you are working towards must be in the same field in which you are attempting to find a student trainee position. A grade point average (GPA) of a certain amount or higher is required by some organizations to become a student trainee. Hiring managers also look at extracurricular activities, volunteer positions, and leadership roles that you have undertaken in your life.

There are student trainee positions available for individuals just beginning an undergraduate degree; other organizations prefer to hire a student who is almost finished. This depends on the company, so you should research this information before applying to find an organization that fits your needs as a student. It is possible to become a student trainee in many different fields, ranging from law to healthcare to engineering. A student trainee is a part-time position that eventually leads to a full-time position within the company if you fulfill all of the professional job duties.

It is helpful to develop a relationship with an organization, through networking and job shadowing, before applying to become a student trainee. Another way to do this is by obtaining an internship within the company. This provides you with knowledge of how the organization works, on-the-job experience, and the chance to meet many people within the organization. If you become an intern with a company, you should attempt to meet as many people as possible during your time there, as well as perform the job duties responsibly and to the best of your abilities. Doing this can create opportunities for a student trainee position after the internship is completed.

The last step to become a student trainee is to apply for the position within an organization. Application processes vary, but generally include submitting a resume and having references available for past work and school experiences. A resume should include any relevant work experience, educational experience, and career objectives. If you are selected for an interview, you should dress professionally, as well as highlight your skills and abilities while speaking with the hiring manager.

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    • Trainee programs are designed to help you to advance in your career, and some jobs offer you compensation while others are unpaid.
      Trainee programs are designed to help you to advance in your career, and some jobs offer you compensation while others are unpaid.