It is amazing; you are in your final year. One more semester
to go and you will be looking for that dream job. Now is the
time to go out and find yourself an internship.
Internships are the prerequisites of the working world. Just
as you have had prerequisites to get into upper-division classes,
you have to have experience to get the good jobs.
Internships give you the opportunity to meet and work with
other professionals in the field. Those professionals will be
able to give you advice and help you get on your way to joining
the work force full time upon graduation.
Internships are your last chance to improve your resume before
graduation. Internship experience on your resume lets prospective
employers know that even as a student you took the time to go
and train with working professionals, which can give you an
edge over other job seekers.
Some internships pay, but most donít. Many companies, however,
see the importance of fully compensating their working students.
They noticed that they were losing highly qualified student
workers to jobs that paid better. Compensation from these companies
can cover everything from transportation and housing costs,
to hourly wages and tuition payments.
For example, Ernest and Young, an accounting firm in California,
pays working students $20 per hour with the incentive of signing
bonuses upon graduation with a degree in accounting.
If you canít afford a nonpaying internship and you canít find
a paying one, you might consider applying for financial aid
to cover living expenses while you work as a nonpaid intern.
A tighter budget now may bring you a more lucrative job later.