The balancing act of attending classes, doing homework, working, and participating at club meetings is one that will never be easy. Although the summer is the most popular season for doing an internship, I’ve actually found that a few of my most rewarding internship opportunities happened during the school year.
The first internship I did during a school year was in my second semester freshman year. Was it difficult to find the position? Relatively. Was I crazy for interning my freshman year? Maybe. Was it worth the time and effort? Most definitely. Upon completion of that internship, I had more field experience than a majority of my peers.
When I was considering taking that first internship, time management was my main worry. I decided, however, that I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity, so throughout that semester I stayed as organized as possible by keeping a tidy schedule, and writing all of my assignments and responsibilities down in my agenda book.
In my current internship at internships.com, I am lucky enough to have supervisors who understand my workload,and acknowledge it by allowing me to have a flexible schedule. Although I worked full-time this summer for internships.com,my supervisors and I decided to extend my internship through the fall semester. During the fall however, my job will transition from a full-time office position to a part-time virtual internship. I am pumped to continue learning with this company, and I can’t wait to tackle the challenges that are ahead of me.
When discussing school-year scheduling with your supervisor, I recommend bringing along a copy of your schedule and a few options for the best way to make the internship work with school. For example, you can propose doing a large chunk of your weekly hours in one day, or maybe working part time and spreading out your hours would work better for you. Another option is to work remotely and establish check-in reports with your supervisor throughout the week.
Get out there, apply for internships during the school year, and gain valuable experience!
Hope this inspires all the interns out there.