It’s halfway through my fall semester of my senior year and I can’t help but ask the question: have I done everything that I need to do to prepare myself for the real world? Well I definitely hope the answer is yes.

Among all of the things that Loyola has to offer an internship on or off campus may be the best opportunity you take advantage of as a college student. An internship not only provides a student with real world experience but it also allows him/her to build their network. Many students say that their number one reason for not being able to have an internship is because they have to work and would rather not work for free. To that I say: it is possible to have a job, go to school and have an internship. I’m not saying it is going to be easy but you can do it with a little time management and motivation. Making an income may be your top priority but in this job market having an internship on your resume may pay off in the future as you may have an easier time finding a paying job.

I am taking eighteen hours this semester, interning at ReadSoft North America and hold the position as Social Media Intern for the Career Center here at Loyola. Managing my time well didn’t come over night; it took a few weeks to get into the routine of where I should be when and what my tasks were for each of my internships. Oh and don’t forget to add in the task of remembering my assignments for my 6 classes. I’m not saying you need to go out and get two internships; I’m just demonstrating that balancing all of this is doable, and adding one internship into your schedule could work.

If you decide to take on an internship keep in mind school does always come first. Remember you can’t have the dream job without the diploma. Learning to balance the demands on your time is part of the value of taking an internship while in college.

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