Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Yes! If you find the right internship for your skills and interests, then it is a great way to gain work experience, for a short period of time (usually 2-6 months) and you should be paid for it!
The concept of internships is now popular in New Zealand - if you are at University and looking for a holiday job to earn money, why not consider an internship in your field of interest?
Some key things to remember:
Some internship programmes have fixed application and close dates, so make note of these.
These intern positions take a while to process, so think ahead about your needs and availability. They usually expect you to have two years of study under your belt.
The NZ summer holidays are a common time for offering internships, as students are available for a longer period of time.
Use the internship to make connections, explore a variety of roles and assess whether that organisation fits your values and career goals.
An internship is also a great way to develop your softer skills - how do you adapt to a new work environment, how you fit into a new team, work independently, accept feedback etc.
If you love your internship, keep in contact with your manager etc, in order to leverage your experience into a full-time role when you graduate. Connect via LinkedIn.
If you want more information on companies providing internships, message me.
And if you need help crafting a great CV to showcase your superpowers, I can help you there too!