Managing Internships during the School Year

By Kaelyn Green

Summer internships have become such a staple on the college bucket list, especially since many majors now require internships and students learn of their value. But internship opportunities are not just confined to the summer! There are many opportunities in the surrounding area during the academic year while at Elon. You may think with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life, it may be difficult to manage your time with an internship. Not necessarily. Here are some tips for staying on top of things:

  1. Obtain A Daily Planner: The ultimate college staple! We all need one to keep us sane while tracking homework, exams, and events. Well, you can use it to plan your internship hours and assignments, too.. Also, make sure to plan ahead for any extra event hours at your internship! Practicing time management is crucial and a planner will help you stay focused.
  2. Plan Your Class Schedule: A big concern for students when looking into semester internships is balancing their class schedule with their internship. If you know you’re going to have an internship during the semester, consider your classes. Schedule your classes together rather than spreading them throughout the day. Also, perhaps you can schedule classes in the morning, or on days when you’re not an intern. This will help you stay organized and make planning ahead a lot easier.
  3. Create Your Own Opportunity: Can’t find an internship you like near you? If you know of several places in the area that you connect with, reach out to them! Some companies can comply with the internship requirements and construct a program with you. Make sure you do your research on the company and its staff beforehand to ensure the internship meets the school’s guidelines.
  4. Accept Help: Know your limits! It’s very easy to spread yourself too thin and it’s perfectly normal to struggle sometimes. Talk to your supervisor and internship professor when you start to feel the pressure. They can offer advice and work with you to manage your time and workload. Remember, this is a learning experience and it’s okay to accept help from others.
  5. Consider A Virtual Internship: While you can’t earn academic credit for it, this internship can help provide content for your ePortfolio. Virtual internships are internships that can be completed online and have become more popular over the last few years. They are especially common with blogging, social media, marketing and even design. Virtual internships are great because they cut out the commute time and save you that gas money.

Participating in a semester internship has many benefits and if you think that it fits you, then go for it! There are plenty of opportunities and resources that can help you find an internship. Check out the Hot Internships page on the Elon Communications website or contact the Communications Internship office for assistance.

 

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