5 Steps to consider while choosing the Right Internship Program

As they say, “The expert in anything was once a beginner.

We totally second this thought. To reach your destination, the major point is to start. Start small/big doesn’t matter but start!

While you are studying, it is imperative that you do get the lessons and concepts of your course well. But real-world exposure is a must! And when you have the drive to get a decent exposure in the outside world, internships come to your rescue. Interning gets you aware about the actual work that gets done in the field you choose to be in. You are prepared beforehand to get in action thereafter.

But the thing is how do we finalise on the internship?

What should be taken care of while choosing the internship?

Well, well, when CPSTOWN is there, you really don’t have to care!

Relax, in this article, we are going to discuss about the 5 steps that you should always consider while choosing the Right internship program.

1. What you want vs what you don’t want

What you want vs what you don’t want

Now, this is a tough fight! We generally have queries of students who wish to join an internship program that isn’t of their field. There are many students who are dicey about this part. But we clearly suggest you to be clear in your thoughts, list down and acknowledge what is entirely beneficial for you and you are inclined to. Let us take an example for this one: Raju is an engineering student but loves to write, in his end-sem leave he decides to intern for a newspaper. Now, if in his coming years, he wants to write-full time that internship can really add value to his profile. On the other hand, Rina, also an engineering student wants to intern at an IT firm as she intends to join one, once graduated. So it is necessary to acknowledge that figuring out you don’t like a line of work is just as valuable as it is holding on the field you do like.

2. Startup or corporate

Startup or corporate

It is a general pattern that students hunt for name brand companies to build their resume. They generally don’t consider a startup to intern for. Now, to be very honest , the decision depends entirely on what you want to learn, in addition to the field you wish to pursue. In startups, you are involved from making your coffee yourself to handling project operations. You get to learn at grassroot level in a startup over the projects that will have a recognizable impact.

3. Build a network

Build a network

Always remember to check whether you get to build a network or not while interning.Will you be working mainly on your own, will you be limited to just a compacted office, or will you get the opportunity to meet people from around the business? It’s always an advantage to meet as many people in the company as possible. This will help you in long term in your professional career. Who knows one such professional connection might land you a job in long term!

4.Check their online rating

Check their online rating

It is very important for you to understand the skill-set you are going to develop while interning. The right skill-set is developed at the right place. Like when you order food online, you always check the online rating of the restaurant, right?

Similarly, you need to go online and check what previous students have experienced when doing the same one. Reviews from previous interns, helps you get an idea what’s interning like at that place. Good or bad, go through everything so that you are informed enough to take a sound decision.

5. Paid or Unpaid?

Paid or Unpaid

If you are interested in being parts of real-good projects, then you have the right to ask for it. While if you are willing to do any job that comes your way simply to put it there as a formality on your CV, you can go out there without asking for it. What we wish to suggest to you is at the end of the day, your standard experience will obviously trump your monetary wants. But don’t hesitate to ask the money you are worth for and don’t be afraid to assert yourself specifically.
To know about all this and more regarding choosing an internship program get in touch with CPSTOWN.