by Jennifer S.
I bet there are a lot of you out there who recently graduated and are out there trying to find your first “real” job, full-time, benefits and all that jazz. Not having any luck? Why not through some internships into the mix?
Yes, even after graduation you shouldn’t be ruling out internships while searching for a “real” job. I had two internships before landing my first full-time job and I started my second internship almost 6 months after graduating. Here’s why I enjoyed having an internship post-college.
I had more time to commit
My first internship was about three months long, and besides my 20 hours/week there I was working part-time, going to class and commuting to my internship (2+ hours one way, depending on the traffic). It was great, but hectic.
With my second internship, I felt that i could commit to a longer internship (ended up being there for 6 months) and it felt like a lot calmer experience. I was still working part-time and commuting, but I wasn’t trying to finish that paper at the last minute anymore. I didn’t have to give up my weekends to study.
I expanded on my first internship
My first internship was very focused on public relations and was at a much larger nonprofit. I gained great online writing and editing skills from this, but it was very focused.
With my second internship, I was still doing public relations and communications but, since it was a much smaller organization, I got to do a wide spread of projects. A little bit of graphic design, helping out with events, fundraising and even Google AdWords campaigns.
I’m still involved with them!
It’s been a year since my second internship ended and I’m still involved with them It might just have been great timing, but towards the end of my internship they started up a social media volunteer committee.
Have you done a post-college internship? Tell us about your experience in the comments!