Although Julie Davis’ internship addiction has yet to be tested with post-graduation career success, her experience demonstrates a number of lessons about internships:
- Students will generally obtain more career-propelling learning from internships related to their future paths than they would from working for money in the type of low-level service jobs in which college students often work.
- While it make take resourcefulness and persistence to obtain internships, they are quite possible to get with some effort.
- Even paid internships are attainable. But if you can’t find a paid internship, remember Julie Davis. If she could manage in expensive New York City on an unpaid internshop, maybe you can find a way to manage.
- Remaining open to to internships a bit outside the realm of your immediate career plans will enable you to expand your skillset and your network.
- Employers increasingly hire experience, even in new grads, and the more internships you have, the more experience and accomplishments you have to list on your resume.
- With the right attitude — like Davis’s — you can find silver linings even in disappointing internships.