In the fall, an email notice from the College of Business informed me that Outside Bozeman was looking for interns in a few departments, and one of them was sales. Although I’m no marketing major by any means, business experience was business experience, something I had very little of. After a short email courtship, I was offered an interview downtown, and subsequently a position.
Now I knew the internship was unpaid (as many are), but I didn’t mind. This is something I suggest you do too: don’t mind. If you are looking for experience in your field, an internship is a great place to start. It’s a learning experience, and a chance to look at a potential career field (or may not) and ask yourself, is this something I like? Class work for your major and practical application of those skills in the real world is drastically different. I knew I wanted to go into business in theory, but I wanted to know if it was something I wanted to pursue in actuality.
As it happens, I love my internship, and this spring, when I was offered the opportunity to take on some accounting/bookkeeping tasks and responsibilities, I jumped at the chance. Good things come to those to wait. And apply for jobs. And send follow up emails.
Some people may think that being an intern is like bring a free laborer, but it’s not really true. Companies make an investment in you, by using time and resources to make you a productive part of their team. If you can’t do your job well, then they have to clean up your mess. You want you to do well, and they want you to do well. They also want you to stick around long enough for them to get a return on their human capital investment. In the case of Outside Bozeman, because we do trade with so many of our advertisers sometimes Boss man Mike doles out some goodies from the trade treasure chest. Tuesday was one of those days. I got an hour massage and $75 to a couple of boutiques downtown.
If you get a chance to intern in a field that interests you, go for it.
(Check out Outside Bozeman here!) The magazine is free and available at tons of businesses around town. Or take a look at the digital edition on the webpage!