Internships provide a valuable opportunity for college students to build up work experience and gain skill sets that go beyond the bounds of textbook education. An internship is perfect for you to develop your skills and show your ability to work in a team and execute various objectives. An internship can also be an opportunity to earn some pocket money, with many internships nowadays, paying a stipend too.
There are some limitations with internships as a college student such as, you may only be able to join part-time internships during the academic session or you may be limited to remote/work-from-home internships. You could also try for full-time internships during the session breaks. Despite all this, there are still a ton of opportunities that are available for college students to intern and gain some valuable experience. Some common internship profiles are:
- Content Writer:
As a content writer, your role will be writing articles, blogs, captivating captions, marketing material and other content for the company. You may be expected to write a minimum number of articles or words per week/month. If you already have a strong hold on language and communication, then that is an added advantage.
As a graphic designer, you will be expected to create posters, flyers, advertisements and all kinds of graphics for the company. You may be asked to create graphics based for various types of content such as social media posts, website graphics, blogs etc. Digital art skills or knowledge of software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Corel, etc. can be beneficial.
- Video Editor:
A video editor will be responsible for creating videos, animations and other such material for social media, promotions or informational videos. Some of the useful skills for this profile are knowledge of editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate, DaVinci etc.
- Social Media Manager:
Feel like you’re a social media pro? You can be a social media manager and work on content strategy or manage a brand’s social media to help them grow and spread their reach. If you’re great at managing social media and gaining followers, here is where you can put your skills to use.
- Brand Ambassadors/Campus Representatives:
As a brand ambassador or campus representative, you represent and promote the brand that you are interning for and try to grow their reach and following. You work as the face of the brand in your college or community and help garner attention and organise events or campaigns for them. It would be a great internship, if you are an extrovert and enjoy promoting a brand and interacting with people.
- Coding and Website Development:
If you’re an ace coder, this is where you can put your skills to test. Work with brands and help them code, debug and maintain their website, app or any other software. Knowledge of coding is a major requirement here, and the opportunities will be dependant on your skillset, reasoning and logical aptitude.
- Search Engine Optimisation and Analytics:
If you’re familiar with SEO and analytics, you are an asset for any company. Bring along your knowledge and help improve visibility and ranking for the brand by optimising content and deriving a content strategy through analytics to find out what is most effective.
- Human Resources:
This is about helping to run the organisation by coordinating its inner working and making sure it runs like a well-oiled machine. If you’re able to keep up with the demands of managing resources and keep the things going smoothly or screening applicants, this is the place to be. Human resource is an important field and you may as well get a head start.
All of these are barely the tip of the iceberg. If you have a skill or a passion, whether it be art, writing, research, music, photography or anything else, there are probably a good number of internship options for you. There is an internship for everyone, so if you feel that you’re up for the challenge, give must it a shot.
“All that’s great, but where can I find an internship?”
You can find an internship on networking sites like LinkedIn, through your college internship cell or one of the many internship sites online. Don’t be afraid to drop a mail to brands and they often will be willing to take interns in. Not sure where you want to start? Maybe you could even join Houseitt. We’re always looking out for bright and passionate interns and we’re a cool team to work with!
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