As rightly said to be
“THE EXPERT IN ANYTHING WAS ONCE A BEGINNER”
Let us see what is an internship and before we go in deep we will ponder on some statistics.
As per the recent research shown in news 1 million students have taken up an internship to gain practical exposure and build their career skills. The report shows that the field of management offered the maximum number of internships to students – 49% of the total internship positions. These comprise of profiles in marketing, business development, finance, operations, human resources, digital marketing, and sales. Other fields like media and engineering, mark up 22% and 17% of the internship positions
What is an internship?
It is a career-based learning experience which involves real work environment and standard work experience. In short, an internship is the best way to kick-start your career while you are still studying, that is, if you have a career option planned ahead then, you can start working with the related companies that are similar to your choice of career. It is not only an exposure to the work-life before you get into the working full time, but it is also a significant way to know your strengths and capabilities in that particular stream (profession) which you choose while you are still studying. Internship will give you an option to also think twice before you jump in to make that job as your full-time career. It gives you an opportunity to see what work is like in real, then in theory that you learn in college.
Internship will also give “ADD ON “ to your CV, which will make the person employing you think twice before he goes to another person to choose him. It is an additional benefit to you because you will mark an impression that you already have an idea of what you are going to work with. That might not be the same with others who come to that interview with you.
In the last four years, the internship market in India has been through quite a revolution, powered by the internet economy. Gone are the days when the internship was the privilege of those from a few top colleges. Gone are the days when internship had to be facilitated by the college’s placement cells. And also gone are the days when internship means slogging for free.
Today millennia’s are determined to get their first taste of work-life before they turn 21, at the same time there are hundreds of start-ups hungry for raw talent. Internships fit start-ups business model well since young companies have an uncertain future and a low paying capacity. This has had a spillover effect, with the established brands now competing with start-ups to attract the fresh talent stepping up their internship programmes
Two things, first you have to start looking for a good internship at least six to eight months in advance, and the second student needs to realise the value of internships early in life. Imagine the advantage of having two of three internships on your resume by the end of the final year of college.
An internship can be either paid or voluntary. The trend is increasingly (and rightly) towards the former, as voluntary internships are often cited as unfair. As you would expect, internships that pay well are usually the most competitive.
What is the need of internship?
Internship is needed so that you get a nice exposure working with a company that would probably heir you later in the end. There is a lot of competition in the outside world running towards opportunities at hand, so an internship is a boon in fact for fresher’s.
Objectives of internship
One of the main objectives of an internship is to expose you to a particular job and a profession or industry. While you might have an idea about what a job is like, you won’t know until you actually perform it if it’s what you thought it was, if you have the training and skills to do it and if it’s something you like.
Why are paid internships good?
Paid internships are good for people who want to look after their personal expenses, not needing to depend on others.
What is the difference between training and internship?
Training helps a person improve his performance whereas internships prepare people to get into a full-time work
What can I learn from an internship?
From internship, you can learn what you are about to do in your workplace even before you join.
Now let us see the types of internships we have:
There are many different types of internships available for you to choose from depending on your area of study or personal interests.
- Apprenticeship: An apprenticeship is working and studying together, as in when you are learning the programme you also can do what you are learning in class and learn it hand in hand. We cannot exactly say it is internship but yes it is one of a kind.
- Co-Op Education: Cooperative education, Co-op education is something that gives you a standard learning process in a classroom along with work experience as well. This is something you can gain while you are still in schooling. it is school integrated program.
- College Internship: A college internship is what students can take up while doing their degree in the middle of their semester, while they get a break of 3 to four months, they can easily get trained in whatever career they are interested, while they pursue the education.
- Externship: An externship is an educational program for giving students short experiences, this is a short term training or fieldwork given in the middle of schooling to give students and exposure of real-time work, sponsored by a partnership between the school and the business (companies).
- Fellowship: This is an award program given to the students for research prepared in a particular field, and not only that they are paid for it in the form of reward. They are often sponsored by a specific medical institution (for medical fellowships), research organization, or company.
- Field Experience: Very similar to externship
- For-Credit Internship: A for-credit internship is offered by the college to the students who are interested they can gain credits in their memos, and nothing more to be gained from it.
- Full-Time Internship: A full-time internship where an intern works full time more that 30 hours per week, he has to also manage the attendance in college while he is doing this.
- High School Internship: A high school internship is an internship available to and/or taken on by a student who is still finishing up high school. As an early internship program, high school internships are harder to find, particularly in the corporate world.
- Internship Abroad: An internship abroad is internship done in other countries which will give the student more exposure, to go abroad and learn new techniques in whatever career he/she wants to achieve.
- No-Credit Internship: Internships which college does not add on credits for is called NO-Credit internship, usually all colleges don’t add credits to marks memo when you show them the internship you did, if you want to really do the internship with credits you will have to ask college which company they are attached to so that you can add credits to memo.
- On-Location Internship: Similar to full-time internship
- Online/Remote Internship: The word itself explains, it is a virtual internship,
- Paid Internship: Usually not all the internships are paid, but there are still some companies which pay you a pretty fair amount of money for an internship you do.
- Part-Time Internship: A part-time internship is one where one does not need to work full time, he works less than 30 hours a week so that he can also balance the load of study in college.
- Quarterly Internship: A quarterly internship is an internship program taken up for a full quarter of a year in length (3 months).
- Semester Internship: A semester internship which goes hand in hand with the semester program of the college.
- Startup Internship: A startup internship is an intern program in a startup environment, in this interns are hired more directly at startups, filling the current gaps in the workplace and with specific projects and tasks to get involved in from day one.
- Stipend Internship: Internship, where the person is paid for the resources of the research program he is doing as a part of the internship and also for his food and transport, is taken care as well, he is not actually paid on regular bases.
15 Best Internship Fields to Consider
Now that you have an understanding of the various types of internships out there, here are a few of the most popular internship fields or industries to choose from:
- Arts Internships– Internships related mostly to the people doing their course in Bachelor of Arts, performing arts, internships at museums, etc.
- Business Internships– Focuses more on the logistics and administrations part of the course, focuses more on the operations side of things, such as supply chain, logistics, or administration.
- Business Management Internships– focuses primarily on the leadership side of a corporation.
- Design Internships– interior design, architecture, graphic design, etc.
- Engineering Internships– civil engineering, industrial engineering, etc.
- Fashion Internships– photoshoots, production management, etc.
- Finance Internships– accounting, corporate tax, etc.
- HR Internships– human resource analyst, researcher, generalist, manager.
- IT Internships– web development, cybersecurity, mobile app dev, etc.
- Law Internships– paralegal, environmental law, international law, etc.
- Marketing Internships– digital marketing, advertising, etc.
- Medical Internships– psychiatry, clinical research, etc.
- Nonprofit Internships– NGO, human rights, etc.
- Political Internships– legislative aide, White House internship, etc.
- Sales Internships– commercial sales, consumer sales, market intelligence, etc.