An internship is an opportunity to experience real business situations. Whether you get paid for it or not, internship experience gives you responsibility for any position you apply for. This is similar to getting an officer’s position in clubs or organizations on campus, but an internship position is more professional and severe when consequences occur. There are projects that have to be done by certain dates. But unlike late submission of homework, if your work is delayed, the whole project gets delayed and you are responsible for that. You are responsible to check your e-mail every day and need to respond in a formal and respected manner. The skills required for an internship also applies to the jobs you apply for, such as communication, critical thinking, management, and teamwork skills. I think of an internship as practice before entering the world of business.
I believe that marketing is a key element for any business. The success of events or sales of products are heavily dependent on how promotions are done. It is important to achieve the objective of reaching as many people as possible. But at the same time, it is also important to influence the people’s minds effectively. Sometimes, the best way for promotion is face-to-face, which does not sound fascinating, but when marketing something, it is good to try all possibilities.
Most of what I was involved in associated with Social Network Services (SNS) such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We are all familiar with these SNS and that is why they can be a very effective tool to promote events or information. People check e-mail on a daily basis, but when it comes to SNS, our generation especially checks this more frequently than an hourly basis. The Office of Career Development had slightly below 300 likes on the Facebook page when I started to work, and the number has increased by about 50 in the last 8 weeks. Because of the increase in likes, when promoting events such as the Student Professional Development Day and the Senior Social, I was able to increase awareness of the events effectively.
Some of my friends tell me that they are planning to get part-time jobs during the summer. My answer for them is always “Get an internship if you have opportunities rather than a part-time job!!” An internship is not only appealing on a resume or your LinkedIn profile, but also prepares you for real business work while in college. In order to have one step further advance in your career than your friends, I strongly recommend getting an internship while you can.
International Business, Junior
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