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5 Questions Worth Asking When Choosing An Internship

by Kaitlyn Wightman
Marketing Specialist

April 28, 2014

Internships are a great way to launch your career, understand your field and immediately apply what you’ve learned to your profession. 

If you choose the right one. 

Choosing an internship shouldn’t be scary. We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask so that you choose the right internship that fits with your lifestyle and career goals. 

Can I Afford To Take An Unpaid Internship?

Some internships offer a modest stipend or even mileage, meal and travel reimbursements. 

But the truth is that most internships are unpaid. Can you afford the added expense of an unpaid internship? It's a big commitment that can interfere with your work schedule, so make sure your finances are set before choosing an internship. 

Do I Need Academic Credit For My Internship?

Does your degree require that you take on an internship? Some internship providers only accept applicants looking for college credit, especially if the internship experience is unpaid. Only apply for internships where you meet all the internship provider’s qualifications. 

How Will This Internship Help My Career?

An internship always looks great on your resume. But the right internship can be your foot in the door to your chosen industry. 

Network with the people you meet at the internship. They can turn out to be good contacts once you’re ready to take on your chosen profession full-time. 

What Will I Do At This Internship?

Do you want to get any kind of experience in your field or do you want to choose an internship that’s tailored to a certain specialty? What will you be doing during the internship? What are the hours of work? Does this internship fit with your career goals? These are questions to ask when choosing an internship. 

What Do Former Interns Say About This Internship?

An internship can read great on paper and even seem too good to be true during the internship interview. 

But are you really getting an honest assessment? 

Ask to talk to former interns to learn about their experiences. If the internship provider hesitates, that’s not a good sign. 

Talk to your NAU advisor or an NAU internship advisor to see if another NAU student has worked with this internship provider in the past. 

For more tips on how to choose an internship, contact your NAU advisor today. 

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