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Are internships the best choice after college?

Robert  Bostick's Profile

I have a BS in Aviation Business Management and a recent MBA graduate the MBA is not specialized just MBA. My school does not offer or include internships in any way, and internet search of internships here and abroad are causing search overload because of to many opinions and not enough facts. So if my school does not participate in interships does that mean i am not eligible for internships. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


David Smith
Title: Manager
Company: Private
(Manager, Private) |

You don't need to a school program to work as an intern. It may be a more convenient path, but you could also approach companies you're interested in and ask hr if they offer internships.

Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
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(Regional Finance Business Partner, Maersk Line Northern Europe) |

Many companies offer internships without it being part of a school program so I agree with David that you should just reach out to the companies directly.

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Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

Yes, and if you are doing one in conjunction with a school program, you don't need to wait until after you've graduated. Many times it is better to do so beforehand. You may actually land a great job through the process!

Anonymous User
Title: CFO
Company: Local Government Agency
(CFO, Local Government Agency) |

I'm not fond of internships. I did two while in college because I was sold on the idea that it could lead to gainful employment. But, they were really just corporate "fluff" at two large companies and none of the interns I knew landed a job because of time spent as interns.

And, over the years, I've had several interns of my own. One turned out to be a fantastic find and I carried him PT through HS and Junior College. I got to see him grow up, graduate with a BSEE and get a great job at Chevron. But, the nine or ten others I had were total duds and truthfully, not mature enough to handle any responsibility and needed constant hand holding which was more like baby sitting than mentoring.

In my experience, internships only lead to jobs in high demand fields where normal recruiting efforts are not providing enough workers. The internship programs at tech firms in the SV today come to mind.

But for run of the mill accountants, salesman, etc., not so much. In fact, I've known some hiring managers to view internship experience as a negative. They view it as someone who is likely a "loser who can't find a job". Or, "the perennial student", who doesn't have a career goal.

This makes some sense as, interns have no say in the organization and no stake in it either. They are business management eunuchs. So, an internship might make sense to develop a technical skill like a specific type of programming and gain some work world exposure but, as far as employers are concerned, it's not real world in-the-trenches experience so, it's not apt to count for much for a future manager.

Evidently you are a MBA recent graduate. My advice would be to not waste your time on unpaid work on the hopes that will lead to future employment. I'd focus on getting a job, even if it's a foot-in-the-door job somewhere you'd like to work. As soon as you can. It will be better for your career in the long run and most likely, for your personal life as well in the short term.

Good luck!

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

As far as Internships and US DOL regulations/law note:

An Intern can work a real job (real duties, not a gopher) and receive college credit (and no pay)


They need to be paid (min wage is acceptable).

The days of working for FREE and no fee are over.


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