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    laurnpoli
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    Hi, my name is Lauren and I am graduating this Spring. I was wondering what everyone felt about post-grad internships. I’m a public relations major and lately a lot of the opportunities I’ve heard of or looked into have been internships for recent graduates. Basically, I was wondering if anybody had any experience with these types of positions or what the general opinion is on the matter. I can’t decide if it’s a good stepping stone to prepare myself or a waste of time when I should be using all of my energy to find a real job.

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    Hi Lauren! Thanks for joining us.

    I have had several internship experiences, both as an undergraduate student and after a masters program. My experiences have been very good in all cases and I think that internships are becoming the way to get a foot in the door and acquire basic experience that makes you, as a candidate, viable for an entry level position. Right or wrong, internships are becoming the way to trial potential employees. Unfortunately, because internships are becoming almost a necessary entry-level experience, employers are finding it easier and easier to acquire unpaid interns– unfortunate in that most people cannot afford to work an unpaid position. My suggestion would be to search Idealist.org for fulltime paid internships or very part-time unpaid internships, allowing room for you to make money in another role. As a PR major, I would think that you could easily find an unpaid internship for a few hours a week that would look great on a CV, enable networking and give you hands on experience.

    I have kept in touch with people from all three of my internship experiences and can still ask them for references and advice. Perhaps most important I was able to prove to MYSELF in a “learning environment” that I was capable of fitting in and exceeding expectations. I say go for it!

    #7140

    From Twitter, we received the following advice for you, Lauren:
    “…any experience is good experience. Internships are great stepping stones and extremely educational! Highly recommended.”

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    Lauren, did you end up taking a post-grad internship, and if so, what did you think?
    I graduated this May and have been considering post-grad internships, too, though I’ve also had prior internships. I do believe exactly what Heather found on Twitter, though. Do you think there’s a likelihood of getting a job at the company after interning there if everyone knows you’ve graduated already?

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