How do I Choose the Best Business Internship?

Justin Bartz
Justin Bartz
College counselors often help students locate internships.
College counselors often help students locate internships.

Choosing the best business internship can be very influential toward your future career and give you extensive insight into business jobs in terms of what it takes to be a businessman or businesswoman. Even if you don't have a specific area of business in mind when you choose an internship, you can have a successful business internship with a little bit of planning and research. To choose the best business internship, you should seek the help of your college counselor, look for an internship in a field that you prefer and seek opportunities that will help you later in your career.

Working as an intern at an organization is an opportunity to determine whether a particular career is one that an intern actually wishes to pursue.
Working as an intern at an organization is an opportunity to determine whether a particular career is one that an intern actually wishes to pursue.

The first resource to seek out when you are looking to find an internship will be your college counselor. He or she will have information on the types of internships available in your field of study and can help you apply for an internship. Whether you end up landing a paid internship or unpaid internship, it is important that you begin a dialogue with your counselor early in the semester. There will be other students applying for an internship, so start early in planning your business internship.

Many opportunities to find an internship can be found through your college counselor, but many students take the extra step and contact potential businesses directly to discuss the possibility of a business internship. Identify which type of internship would give you the best experience. If you prefer finance, a finance internship with a bank or credit union could be beneficial. If your field of study is marketing, seek out marketing firms in your area, because they have contacts with area businesses that are searching for an intern.

After you identify which type of internship would suit you best, begin to prepare your package consisting of your résumé and cover letter to reach out to the individual who is responsible for hiring interns. If you have a professor who can write you a letter of recommendation, it will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd that is applying for the business internship. Having previous samples of the work you have done, regardless of how small the project or assignment might have been, can showcase your drive and initiative as well, which can help you land the business internship.

Whichever avenue you choose to land your desired business internship, there is no such thing as being too prepared or planning too early. Having a list of potential internship contacts help you land your summer internship. It also can help you to begin networking with individuals who might be able to help you when you begin your business career.

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