Jeff Moore, Lead Engineering Recruiter at Google, talks about the benefits of internships and how they can help advance your career in this week.
Those of you looking for full time work are probably knee deep in interviews and networking. Awesome, keep at it. But there is another whole recruiting phenomenon going on right now: internships.
Internships are HUGE for those of you in school and looking to jumpstart your career, but they are often overlooked by students who are focused solely on grades or extracurricular activities. My advice is to take a summer or semester and do an internship. You’ll have a great time and appreciate the experience. Here’s why:
Experience – One of the best ways to get work experience is to do an internship. I know some of you are thinking something like “Intern = designated coffee maker.” Not true! Internships are a chance for you to work on a cool project and help make an impact within an organization. I had an intern last summer—her project was something I’d been dying to do for a few years and now it’s done. I believe we call that a “win-win.”
Learning – That’s right, learning. A lot of times, early on, you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do as a career. Internships allow you to give different types of jobs and industries a try and see if you like them. Think of it as a free trial. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn during a few months on a job and this newfound knowledge will help you decide where you want to go.
Practice – Internships are like practice for full-time jobs. The whole process runs very similar to full-time hiring, so this is your chance to interview, meet people and work in a much less stressful situation than you will once you have graduated. Think about it, you don’t want the first interview you’ve ever done in your life to be after you’ve graduated and are under serious pressure to find a job. You’ve gotta practice if you want to hone those skills and get the dream job.
Networking! – Ah, what would a blog post be without a networking reference? Internships give you an opportunity to meet great people who can help you throughout your career. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone on your team, your intern host or someone with similar interests, internships expand your network. And, as you know, networking is the key to an effective job search.
So, there you go. If you’re still in school, find an internship and learn as much as you can. Good luck with the search this week and happy interviews everyone!
by Jeff Moore, Lead Engineering Recruiter