What makes for a great internship?
The purpose of an internship is really to do two things.
The first is to let an employer evaluate you as a potential new employee.
The second is to help you gain experience and build an understanding of what a future role could look like.
What is the employer evaluating?
When I started my first internship, I feared that my lack of knowledge would show and I look like a fool. Employers don’t expect interns to come in with prior knowledge. Maybe in some rare circumstances, but most of the time they’re looking for very little preconceived knowledge from an intern.
They want to know that you can be a team player, that you can do good work, you can learn, you have a decent attitude, and you’d be a good person to work with.
What the employer really wants to know is your potential.
Employers are thinking about the long-term.
Most businesses are on a growth model where they need to win more work and hire more staff in order to increase their revenue and increase their value.
They want you to succeed as part of their team and have the potential to join on and thrive in their environment.
An internship is a perfect way to test that out.
The second piece of a great internship is from the perspective of the intern.
A great internship is one that introduces concepts and helps an intern gain experience.
It’s a huge help to look at what the day-to-day looks like and whether that is something that would be a good fit long-term.
How’s the company culture? Is the work rewarding? Is it interesting?
It would be much better to find out that a company is not a good fit, or the people are not a good fit, or the day-to-day is too boring as part of an internship than to figure that out four years into a career.
Also, keep in mind, a bad internship doesn’t equate to a bad career choice. Different companies and different roles can look completely different even inside the same overall industry.
Plus, fire protection is just awesome. You get to save lives, learn nuances of construction, solve tough challenges, and you get paid for it.
Some what makes for a great internship?
A great internship allows an employer to get a feel for a persons future potential and also allows the intern to gain quality experience and get an idea of whether the career and the company would be a good fit.
We’ll talk more specifics on internships in upcoming videos.
I'm Joe Meyer, this is MeyerFire University.
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