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How to Get an Internship in the United States

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Internships are very common in the United States. Often, internships allow students to gain experience in a field in which they hope to eventually have a professional career in. Companies offer internships for several reasons, but a primary advantage is that an internship position is normally non-paid or offered at a very low pay. The time-period is also normally limited. Interpositions provide companies with individuals who are highly motivated to work hard at low or no cost. Interning organizations range from corporations, law firms, government agencies to interest groups, museums and hospitals. The statistics show a growing trend: 86 percent of college students had completed an internship in 2000 compared to 36 percent in the 1980s.
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Internships are primarily offered to individuals with limited work experience, as a way to gain job skills. Internships are not considered a regular paying job, but could often result in a paid position. From an individual perspective internships provide opportunities to work for companies that one would not normally be able to apply for due to limited work experience. The hard work that is required can pay off very well if the company decides to hire the individual on a permanent basis after the internship period is over. Moreover, a completed internship looks attractive to prospective employers, and is great to indicate on a CV or resume. Thousands of interns work in a wide variety of fields both in the United States and internationally.
Whether an internship leads to a permanent job with the same company or not, the practical and hands on work experience will most likely make it easier to obtain future employment. Although, due to a competitive market, most companies now pay interns, there are still some companies that do not. It is recommended to choose your internship according to your career goals and not immediate benefits and salary.

Internships are available in the following fields:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical services
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • IT (Information Technology)
  • Banking and Finance
  • Insurance services
  • Educational services
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Retail and Customer Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Administration and Support Services
  • Travel, Hospitality and Food Services
  • Social Services
  • And several other fields