An internship is the position of a student or a trainee who works in an organization to gain work experience and/or satisfy requirements for a qualification. Internships have many benefits such as; professional work experience related to your area of education and training, a chance to test run career paths, a means to strengthen employability skills and also a way to establish contacts within a certain industry. During an internship, the intern gains considerable knowledge for that industry and department. Internships can lead to positions in an organization after graduation. Even if it does not turn into a job, the right internship can give candidates the “edge” they need in a competitive job market.
The process of applying for an internship is quite similar to that of applying for a job. Internships are not always paid positions however. In the recent Federal elections, one of the positions of the Green Party was to eliminate unpaid internships. There are thankfully strict criteria for what an unpaid internship is: (a) it must be educational and training based, (b) it must benefit the intern, (c) it doesn’t displace employees, (d) the employer does not benefit from the work of the intern,(e) there is no promise of a job afterwards, and (f) both the employer and the intern understand that it is an unpaid internship.
Networking is a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and organizations. Networking can be related to the common saying of “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. Even when you are at univesity, you are networking with your professors and fellow students. Many professors, especially sessional professors who have jobs outside of teaching have relevant opportunities for student. Our peers in school now could quite possibly be your peers in the much larger work community. If you are looking to network within your certain career path, a good website to look at is “Ten Thousand Coffees” which connects you to individuals working in whichever career path you are interested in. Networking is commonly done through internships. When you are participating in an internship you meet a variety of people within an organization that you are interested in working in. Here are ten top tips to professional networking from Demir Barlas: (1) good presentation of self, (2) don’t overload the person, just interact with them, (3) use media to its full potential, (4) look for groups, (5) be selective and look up those you are trying to connect with, (6) look at your family and friends for potential connections, (7) always try to network, (8) look for people who have influence, (9) help others network and (10) be relaxed in your approach. The Appropriate Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) has luncheons, dinners and conventions in order to connect professionals. With online mentoring networking is becoming world-wide, we can connect with people from across the planet. Networking is another way to gain an “edge” in the business world.
The CMC annual networking conference will be held on Saturday, February 6 at the Derrick. This is a great opportunity to network with business professionals within your emphasis. The conference is especially recommended for third and fourth year students, but ALL management students are welcome. The CMC is excited to announce that we are providing all 4 options for apparel: cardigans, sweatshirts, pullover hoodies and zip up hoodies. Orders will be taken the week of January 18-22 in Tegler, there will also be sample sizes in Tegler so that you be sure to order the right size. The CMC will have a table set up from noon-1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as well as on Tuesdays and Thursday between 10:40-11:10am. To get updates on what the CMC is doing keep checking our Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or our web page. If you want to get involved or have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any pressing concerns, the management student representative, Kira Pelletier, has office hours which will be posted in the CSA office soon.