Summer Internships

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It’s summer internship season and young people from all over the world are busy applying for opportunities. This year is sure to be the most competitive year of all, with high school seniors, freshman, and sophomores all vying for positions typically reserved for juniors and seniors. With all of these new candidates in the mix, employers are having to rethink recruitment strategies.

What Is a Summer Internship?

Summer internships are usually eight to twelve weeks long and follow the school semesters.

Depending on when the student gets out of school, a summer internship usually starts in May or June and continues through August. The most common timeframe for summer internships is to begin right after Memorial Day and to run through the end of the first week of August.

Other Than Experience, What's In It For You?

These opportunities can be full-time or part-time and they can be paid or unpaid.  All unpaid internships should follow the guidelines set out by the US Department of Labor in the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) Typically, students are able to receive college credit for their internships. To find out more about this, visit your school’s career center. Each school has different policies in regards to receiving internship credit.

Why Are Summer Internships Most Popular?

Summer internships are the most popular of all internships, as more students have time to participate in them over the summer.

These internships provide students with a look into the real-world. They get a front row seat to a potential career choice. An internship provides a hands-on learning experience for young people. They go into the internship thinking they want to work at a specific company or in a specific industry – they come out of the internship either confirming those thoughts or deciding to pursue something completely different.

The idea is that they get to know now rather than when they graduate. So many people go into jobs they dislike after graduation, internships are a way to prevent that.

Not only do these students who participate in summer internships get a hands-on learning experience but they’re also getting a great resume builder. The number one question asked at job interviews after college; where did you intern? Students must have a specific answer for that question if they want to stand out from the other applicants. Internships also provide a networking opportunity. If you ask most college students about their professional network, it doesn’t exist. Internships change that. Students leave internships with a rolodex of professional contacts that can help that gain future employment.

A summer internship will stand out on a student’s resume and is the best thing a young person can do to prepare for the real world and college graduation. To find summer internship opportunities visit the career center, and websites like; Indeed.com , SimplyHired.com , Internships.com, LookSharp.com, and InternQueen.com.