How I Got an Internship for My First Summer of College

Internships can provide valuable insight into what you do and don’t want to do after you graduate. Most college students don’t get an internship until at least the summer after their sophomore year. I managed to get one after my first year of college. I’ll be honest with you, it takes a lot of preparation. Right now, I have 71 college credits and almost 4 years of work experience. Obviously, I’m not your typical 19-year-old, but what I’ve done is definitely not impossible!

Take Dual Credit Classes

By taking advantage of my high school’s dual credit program I’ve put myself in a position to graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees in a total of 5 semesters. I saved a lot of money and time by utilizing dual credit courses.

Get Work Experience

I started working when I was 14. I worked my first job at a bow shop fletching arrows and doing other projects until I was around 16 years old. When I turned 16, I got a job at a locally owned convenience store. This is where I got the bulk of my work experience. At the same time, I started working as respite care and a consumer choice care options provider for my brother Jared. During the summer of when I was 16, I also worked at a couple of Boy Scout camps as a Scoutcraft Assistant, where I got to teach various outdoor skills to both scouts, scouters, cub scouts, and other camp participants.

Volunteer and Get Involved

Growing up in Scouting, volunteering, giving back, and getting involved has always been a prime focus in my life. Whether it be volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce or being active in various groups and organizations, it’s all incredibly important. I’m a firm believer that the knowledge you get from experience and self-education far outweighs the knowledge received in the classroom.

Develop A Passion For Your Future

Create a plan that revolves around your goals. The more committed you are the better. With any internship interview, they always ask what you want to do in the future. Employers love to see organized and goal driven individuals! I have a passion for what I do and others can tell. Those who are the most passionate will do the best job. Employers are looking for who does the best job and who is the best fit, If you focus on answering those needs, you’ll be in good shape!

Overall, getting to where I am has taken a lot of preparation, goal setting, and execution. Set your goals, plan how you’re going to get there, and then put in the work. It’s simple, but not easy. The past 5 years of my life have been crucial to where I am. Don’t cruise through life. If you do, you’ll surely never arrive at your desired location.

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