Monday, July 15, 2013

The Intern Queen

Thomas will soon be figuring out an internship for next spring. He's already made some contacts but can't actually interview with the companies until fall semester gets closer. We are really hoping that he will be able to find an internship in town and that the internship will then lead to full time work. By now, we've learned to not put the cart in front of the horse, but we are hopeful.

Of course, as is so often the case, the key to finding an internship or landing a job is not what you know, but who you know. Before going back to school, Thomas was been told numerous times that he didn't get a position because of a lack of experience. But at the same time, we didn't have the type of connections that are often necessary in getting a foot in the door in the first place. Thanks be to God, things are looking up for us in that area this time around. We've learned to not be shy when talking to others and are so grateful that there are other people looking out for us as well (and speaking up on our behalf). That is so important.

I was reminded of this when I heard a program on MPR's Daily Circuit last week. The program caught my attention because it was about internships, and it included a conversation with Lauren Berger, who is known as the Intern Queen and Chief Executive Officer of internqueen.com. During the conversation, Lauren talked about how important it is to network for yourself and to have others network on your behalf when looking for an internship or trying to find a job.

One of the things that Lauren said that caught my attention was when Lauren talked about the most important question to ask when interviewing for an internship. According to Lauren, that question is, "Tell me what a typical day for an intern at your company looks like." She said that an employer's answer to that question will tell you if the employer is aware of what interns do and if it will be a well-structured internship. Without those two elements, Lauren said, it's likely the internship will not be a very good one.

You can find a lot more great advice on finding internships, landing a job, and the like at Lauren's website. If you or someone you know is job-searching, looking for an internship, or currently in college, I highly recommend checking it out.

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