Internship Tips for Students
You’re making a smart decision by applying for internships. Not only will you develop some great professional contacts, but you’ll have a powerful addition to your resume that will give you an advantage when you’re applying for jobs after graduation.
Some Maine companies that have internship opportunities available may choose to contact you by phone or ask you for a face-to-face interview to gauge your interest and background. Go ahead and express your interest if you hear from one of these companies, but you should not accept an oral offer over the phone or even in person. You should expect that an offer for an internship will be be made in writing (email is fine), and the offer should detail the location of the work, the responsibilities of the position, the number of hours you will be expected or allowed to work, the expected calendar dates for the internship, and the hourly rate of pay. Don’t forget to research any company online before accepting a position with it!
If you have only completed your first year of college education when you accept an internship position, remember that you have limited experience. When you start your internship, you may not get assigned complex tasks due to your limited experience. Don’t get discouraged! Students who have completed several years of university education will probably get more opportunities to use apply all their knowledge.
Finally, remember that when you accept an offer for an internship, you can no longer accept a competing offer at a later date. In fact, you should update your online resume to reflect your existing employment. Remember to always be professional!