Posted by Vishva News Reporter on September 13, 2006




  • In the current employment market all over the world employers are looking for graduates at all levels to have practical experience in their field of education.
  • A recent survey by Vault, a career-counselling firm: a whopping 82 per cent of young Americans say that an internship is "extremely important" for their career.
  • Potential benefits to be had from an internship:
    • invaluable experience working in a desired industry,
    • potential doors to be opened to a job offer after graduation and
    • higher starting pay in the working world than for those who haven't completed an internship.
  • In North America, an intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on education rather than merely employment, making it similar in some respects to an apprenticeship. Interns are usually college or university students or other young adults. They can also be adults later in life seeking skills for a new career.
  •  An internship may be either paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Paid internships are most common in the medical, science, engineering, business (especially accounting and finance), technology and advertising fields. Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments, nonprofit groups and organizations.
  •  Internships may be part-time or full-time; typically they are part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer, and they typically last 6-24 weeks, but can be shorter or longer.

Management Internship Program - Program Structure

The following are some of the very important aspects of internship you can educate yourself about in this news story:

  • Know your place & value at employment
  • Be clear about your goals
  • Exceed expectations
  • Stand out smartly
  • Seek feedback -- good and bad
  • Network, network, network
  • Record accomplishments
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Gain Experience and Confidence.
  •  Acquire Work Experience to Put on a Resume.
  • Explore what you like and don’t like for your Career Direction.
  •  Turn Your Internship into a Future Job.

Please click on the line outside the box to read about the topic from Canadian Globe and Mail:


Being an intern is
more than just showing up
Too many students fail
to take full advantage of the experience,
Some advice on how to do it right

Canadian Globe and Mail: August 2, 2006: CHANAKYA SETHI

It all started when one of her engineering classes was invited to a factory tour last fall.

As she watched the vinaigrette, cream cheese and candy come off the production lines, Jennifer Bouchard knew that this was a place she wanted to work.

So the fourth-year engineering student at McGill University applied for and received a summer internship at Kraft Ltd.'s manufacturing facility in Mount Royal, Que.

Now she's spending her summer working on a team responsible for keeping those very production lines humming.

"I wanted to develop my skills as an engineer, since I've never worked in a plant before," says Ms. Bouchard, one of two interns at the facility. "I wanted to find out if this is what I really want to do for a living."

Like Ms. Bouchard, more and more young people are recognizing the value of summer internships as an opportunity to test their career waters by seeking out jobs that let them explore their interests and boost their credentials as they prepare to join Canada's work force.

Though data for Canadian students is not available, a whopping 82 per cent of young Americans say that an internship is "extremely important" for their career, according to a recent survey by Vault, a career-counselling firm.

There are, of course, many potential benefits to be had from an internship -- including invaluable experience working in a desired industry, potential doors to be opened to a job offer after graduation and higher starting pay in the working world than for those who haven't completed an internship.

But just getting such a coveted position is no guarantee of these benefits.

Indeed, once in the door, too many students fail to approach the experience with the right strategies to make the most of it, career experts say.

"Most of these kids, they don't have an idea," says Jamie Fedorko, author of The Intern Files: How to Get, Keep and Make the Most of Your Internship, who wrote his book based on lessons he learned from his own internship experiences.

"I didn't know what I was doing either."

At about the summer midway mark, it's probably a good idea for interns to conduct a checkup on their internship and make sure they are taking full advantage.

Here are some pointers from the experts on how to make the most of a summer internship -- and stay a step ahead of the rest of the pack.

Know your place

Interns may have a lot to offer to employers but nobody has hired you to become chief executive officer. As much as you may have to offer, you're at the bottom of the corporate food chain, a point lost on many students.

"I've seen kids who are far more intelligent than the next guy, but they have a bad attitude," Mr. Fedorko says. "It comes back to humility, to just doing your work."

In other words, don't be upset if you're not asked on your first day on the job to develop the company's new strategy for expanding into emerging markets.

"Don't expect to be doing the major work all the time," advises Gregg Blachford, director of career placement at McGill. "Sometimes you need to do the routine work."

Being saddled with less-than-challenging work is probably going to be frustrating, Mr. Fedorko acknowledges, but what will get you noticed is if you remain focused and keep plugging away. "The big things will come."

Be clear about your goals

While completing menial tasks may be what occupies your time at first, it's important to let your employer know about your own career aspirations and expectations.

After all, by hiring an intern, "a company has taken a responsibility to help with that students' education," Mr. Blachford notes.

But students are often reluctant, shy or even forget to be explicit about their own goals and interests, denying employers the chance to give them work that better suits them, says Sharon Irwin-Foulon, director of career management at the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business.

"You want to be transparent and clear with your own goals and many people won't because they think, 'Oh my gosh, they will think badly of me,'" she says.

But "the No. 1 thing is make sure you have an open dialogue with the decision-makers."

Jenny Hui, a second-year MBA student at Ivey who is working this summer at UBS Securities Canada Inc. as a banking intern, has made sure to speak up, taking the initiative to arrange regular meetings with her boss.

Her purpose is twofold: not only to make sure she's meeting expectations but also to make sure her boss understands what Ms. Hui is hoping to get out of her time at UBS.

"Setting expectations at the very beginning is something that you would want to do," she says, adding that she's keeping the discussions a continuing, interactive experience.

While Ms. Hui speaks of her interests and skills, her supervisor provides feedback and suggestions, leading to a better experience for everyone involved.


Exceed expectations

In the world of internships, it's almost axiomatic that there are more interns than there are permanent job openings. The one clear way to rise above the crowd is, of course, to do more than is expected of you. And so, whether the task is tedious or exactly the challenge you hoped for, your goal should be the same: Wow them.

"I think it's definitely important to exceed expectations," Ms. Bouchard says. "I take initiative to get things done that my boss may not have asked me to do, or things that will really help them out."

One example: After initially struggling with getting up to speed on some of the information she needed to know to do her job, Ms. Bouchard realized that it would be helpful for future interns if she wrote a manual to help acclimatize them to the plant.

Her boss hadn't asked her to produce one, but was pleasantly surprised when she did.

Ms. Bouchard says the key for her was "thinking of little things that may not have been something that [her boss] specifically asked for," but would nevertheless appreciate.

Stand out smartly

Sure, it's important to rise above the crowd -- but interns need to be careful about what makes them stand out among their peers.

Besides the obvious -- you don't want to be the intern who is habitually late, for example -- don't fall prey to the common mistake of becoming your boss's resident sycophant, spending all your time trying to schmooze and be extra-friendly, the experts warn.

"Don't go in hoping that they'll like you. Go in hoping that they'll recognize you as a bright, competent individual," Ms. Irwin-Foulon says.

"Present yourself as a professional, not as a friend."

"You do want to stand out, but you don't have to be the ingratiating guy," Mr. Fedorko agrees. "If you want to stick out, you want to stick out with hard work."

Seek feedback -- good and bad

Part of being a professional is asking for feedback.

And while compliments are welcomed, so, too, should you be capable of taking bad news in stride, another point often lost on students, Ms. Irwin-Foulon says.

Soliciting feedback is crucial so you can understand what your weaknesses are and work actively to improve upon them.

"Some interns are reticent to do that because they don't want the bad news," she says.

"But it demonstrates a real curiosity to learn."

Network, network, network

While it may not be smart to become the office socialite, that's not to say there isn't a place for interacting with colleagues and building relationships.

In fact, networking, Ms. Irwin-Foulon and others agree, can be one of the most important rewards an intern can take away from the experience.

But most students don't take sufficient advantage of networking opportunities, the pros say.

So don't just have lunch with fellow interns or exclusively with junior colleagues. Instead, move out of your comfort zone and take the initiative to ask if senior colleagues -- particularly those whose career and work interests are similar to yours -- wouldn't mind joining you for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.

And keep track of who you've met so you can get in touch with them in the future, Ms. Irwin-Foulon suggests.

Ms. Hui says her mentor at UBS took the time to set up "15- to 20-minute chats" with colleagues in different areas of the company so that she could build contacts and gain exposure to multiple aspects of the bank's work.

And she plans to take advantage of them.

"You've been able to establish a relationship so you feel comfortable approaching them with any questions," she says.

That's the way to keep such relationships going, Ms. Irwin-Foulon says. "These people are now part of your network."

Record accomplishments

At summer's end, you want your employer to speak well of your time with the company -- perhaps in a letter of recommendation that you request and keep on file.

You also need to be able to do the same. Simply listing an internship on your résumé won't mean much if you can't offer the substance of the experience to back it up -- and, make no mistake, employers will ask for that supporting evidence.

"You have to come up with stories or one-liners to put in your CV about how you made a difference there. . . . The more detail, the better," Mr. Blachford advises.

The kind of material you want to include, he says, amounts to "What did you do that was special or different?"

Be honest with yourself

As your internship draws to a close, it's also important to be honest with yourself: Is this the kind of job you want?

Since an internship was meant to let you test the waters, to see if, say, technology consulting, not horticulture, is your true passion, don't be afraid to learn that maybe your heart isn't in consulting. Better now than when you're in a full-time job.

"I think one of the worst things you can do is to not be true to yourself and come in and be someone different and try and fit into a culture you're not comfortable with," Ms. Hui says. "If you do and end up passing that test, you're going to be miserable."

Ms. Bouchard, for one, hopes that she is making the most of her internship -- and that her employers agree.

"I'd definitely be interested in coming to work for Kraft," she says.

© The Globe and Mail.

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