An internship can be a great way to “test drive” a job before you make the leap into that career.
It could have helped me enormously as I was finishing college. During my last semester of college, student teaching showed me that my chosen field – education – was NOT a good career fit – a painful personal experience which came way too late in my education. So, I implemented a quick change of career direction, and joined the United States Marine Corps. Perhaps not everyone’s first career choice, but it worked for me at the time, and I’m glad I did it. Semper Fi to all Marines!
These days, people in many different stages of their careers and lives look to internships to provide insight and experience, as well as the proverbial foot-in-the-door plus a boost to their personal networks. (more…)