Summer Internships: What Do you Want?

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In order to find the best internship for your summer vacation, you need to know what you want to get out of your working experience. Whether you plan to travel or stay at home you need to know what your goals are so that you can make the best possible decision.

Save up some Cash

If your goal is to save up some spending money this summer an internship might not be your best option. While they look great on your resume and future job applications, the majority of internships don’t pay very much, if they pay at all. So if money is your priority you need to plan ahead; maybe you can get a second job, but you need to find a position that will give you enough free time to work somewhere else as well.

Experiment in a New Field

If you’re unsure about your major or questioning your plan for the future, a summer internship is the perfect time to play around with your options. Apply to every position that interests you, and make an effort to learn during your working experience. True, most positions don’t give you a lot of hands-on experience in the field, but if you’re paying attention you can learn a lot from the people you work with. How do they feel about their jobs? How much work do they have all the time? Answers to these questions might help you decide if this really is the right field/position for you.


Internships often involve a lot of grunt work; you’ll probably spend a lot of time in the mailroom or answering phones. However, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to meet everyone you work with, which is very important. Networking can only help you in the future; the more potential employers you know, the better your chances of getting a position after graduation. So, if this is your goal, you may want to focus more on whom you’ll be interacting with than what you’ll be doing when you’re looking for an internship.

Earn Credit

Some internships don’t pay, some do, and some offer college credits. If you want to gain working experience over the summer, but you don’t want to stop taking classes, this may be the perfect compromise.