April 7, 2013

Internship Quality or Quantity?

I'm still on the internship hunt for the summer and it's getting a bit frustrating. I'm not the only one who feels this way; a lot of students are on the prowl for scoring an internship in the last summer semester before we're seniors. 

It's a hot topic in conversation with me and my friends; some don't care what kind of internship they have, just as long as they have something to put on their resume and others are being very picky--including myself.

In true Carrie Bradshaw style, I got to thinking... when you walk down the aisle at graduation, does the quantity of internships matter or is it the quality of one or two internships that students should take to heart?



If you dread waking up and going to your internship every morning, if you don't like the people around you or the work you're doing, and if you don't feel like you're getting anything out of the experience, is it really positive? Does it really matter if you are able to write a big time company's name on your resume if you hated every second of it?

Some students feel that they need any internship they can get--they don't care if it's at a company they hate or if the job is pointless to their career, as long as they have four or five internships at the end of the day all is right in their world. The quantity is more important to them than anything because they feel that is what will matter.

In a way they are right; the more internships you have the better it'll look to employers; you might be viewed as more of a professional but if you're miserable for an entire semester, is it really worth it?

In my own student opinion, I would much rather have one or two amazing internships that I loved going to every day than have five internships that I mostly hated. I would much rather be happy and have a positive learning experience while making incredible professional connections than be unhappy. 

I am not the type of person who can be forced to do something I don't want to do. If I hate what I'm doing, it will affect my entire mood and outlook on the experience. If I was at an internship that I hated, no matter how big the company, it would be a huge disappointment.

On my graduation day, I would much rather have a lesser number of internships that I adored than have a greater number which I hated.

What are your takes on this topic? Would you rather have the quantity or quality of internships?


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