When you’re in college, there are so many ways you can prepare for the job market.
This is why it’s so important to take advantage of every opportunity.
This includes the summer internship programs that are offered by many companies. Once you’ve landed a summer internship, consider the following four steps to prepare yourself ahead of time.
Secure your housing
Depending on where you’re interning, many local colleges open up their dorm rooms. You can rent a dorm room for a specific fee for the summer. If you have family members or friends you can rent from, this is also a great way to save money.
It’s also wise to do your research. If someone is subletting their apartment for the summer, you might be able to score a great deal. Make sure you also consider food and transportation during this time. If your apartment is close to your office building, you can walk or ride a bike. If not, make sure you set aside funds to take local transportation or your car.
Consider your income
Take a look at the full scope of what you’ll need in order to financially take care of yourself. You don’t want to take an internship, and put yourself in a terrible financial position. Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, it’s a great idea to have another stream of income in order to cover expenses. Consider picking up another job in the evenings to make ends meet.
Use storage space
When you move out of your dorm for the summer, you’ll need a space to place your things. Do your research to find a great storage unit like, National Self Storage to store your belongings. It’s also wise to make sure you’re not paying double your rent. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and shop around.
Create an internship game plan
When you get the internship, do your research to learn more about the company culture. Make sure you’re wearing presentable attire in the workplace. Even if you can’t afford to wear suits every day, you can easily go to a local thrift store to stock up on professional pieces. Think about how you’ll stand out at the company. Create a plan to meet employees, assist them in their positions and prove yourself to be a viable candidate for a job after your graduation.
As you become intentional in executing these four steps, you’ll make your internship experience more seamless, productive and beneficial. The sooner you can prepare yourself, the better off you’ll be. It’s also great because you’ll be able to fully focus on the tasks and experiences in front of you.
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