Sometimes, it takes leaving your comfort zone to spend some time on an internship to make you more marketable to potential employers when you are finished with college.
I was blessed to have two internships with the Walt Disney Company, and also a summer internship/work experience with the Waterford Hotel Group in CT one summer as well. Each of these opportunities required a short-term departure from home and also a new way of looking at things.
Living far from home was a first for me, but I got a lot of practice at it while at college. But what made even a greater difference for me was these internships. I had the privilege of working with people from South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, China, Japan, and all parts of the US, just to name a few. I worked with people young, old, part-time, full-time, and because I was intern, they helped me make the most of my experience by sharing theirs with me.
Do what you can to get out of town, even if it is just for a week – believe me, it will open new doors for you…one of my students did an internship at a Ski Lodge over his spring break, and that lead to an internship this summer with another company.
Next week, I’ll talk to you about local internships.