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What's the minimum amount of internships you should have for your resume by graduation?

Topic: Internships | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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As many as you possibly can! Internships are becoming standard for students graduating from college. I suggest trying to find an internship or professional job every summer break that you have. It can also be beneficial to have one a couple of days a week while you're in school as well. The benefits to having internships are countless: you can find out what you like and what you don't like, network with potential employers, and build your resume. Most companies in competitive fields won't look at post-grad resumes that don't have at least one relevant internship. Use your career services office, but also check out resources on the Internet and through networking with friends.

Answered by: Taylor C. | over 2 years ago
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There are no set number of internships you are required to have on your resume. Having done some internships does look good on a person's resume who has just graduated, plus it may even lead to a job with the company upon graduating. Most people do internships to gain experience in their field and, as stated earlier, some companies even hire their interns once they graduate. Doing an internship will give you some experience in your chosen field and may also give you some money in your pocket since there are paid internships. A good time to start doing internships would be the summer leading up to your junior year in college followed by another one the summer leading into your senior year. This will give you two internships, or two summers at the same company (whichever you prefer) to add to your resume.

Answered by: Just A Thought F. | about 4 years ago
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One or two should be fine on a resume. It shows that you have the drive and determination to succeed. These will most likely be your only experience in the field. Highlight these internships as much as you can.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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It really depends on your field of study. Keep in mind internships are likely to be your only real job experience so the more the better. I would caution that over three is overkill. A well rounded resume should have one or two.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You should have at least one internship. It shows that you are dedicated to your field. The more you do, gives you moe experince. It could help you get hired faster. It shows the person your working for that they don't have to babysit you.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | about 4 years ago
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There is no minimum amount of internships that you should strive to have on your resume. Internships are important though. I would suggest doing at least 1 internship to gain experience and insight in the field you are looking to get into. While internships are important new employers will look at a range of qualifications when reviewing your resume. It is always important to remember that quality is better than quantity. Say you worked in a summer job unrelated to the field you were going into your freshman year and then you took summer classes during you Sophomore year and then you finally got a really good internship the summer of your junior year. That might be just as valuable to your future employers as someone who had 3 internships to put on their resume.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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I think that you should have at least one internship for your resume by graduation. When you are looking for work after you graduate having some work experience will become really important. Internships are a great way to gain this experience. Try and get internships in areas that you think that you will want to pursue later on. You can also try and find work that will expose you to a wide and varied range of marketable skills.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | about 4 years ago
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This is very much dependent on what your major is. In some majors, internships aren't required or even suggested. In other majors, such as engineering, you may have to complete one or more internships to graduate or to be able to find a job after graduation. If you are planning on going to graduate school, internships can look good when applying, but keep in mind that you should get plenty of real-world experience during graduate school and may not need to do internships in undergrad. If you are in a major that you can do well with your bachelor's degree, I would suggest a minimum of one internship, max of three. It will look good for applying for jobs and it will help you really figure what you do (or do not!) want to do.

Answered by: Internz U. | about 4 years ago
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Internships are a positive experience to list on a resume, though remember that they're often not paid positions. You should have had a minimum of two before your graduate. Too many internships may indicate to an employer that you are overqualified - often they want to train you themselves. It may even appear as though you're afraid to enter 'the real world' if you accept too many. Summers are a convenient time, if you can swing it financially.

Answered by: Grad12 I. | about 4 years ago
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Generally its not about the number of internships or extracurricular activities you do, but the commitment you show to your internship. It is much better for your resume to have held a single internship for multiple years than to be at several different internships for a shorter period of time. If you have multiple short term internships, it shows that you are someone who cannot commit for an extended period of time and that you cannot dedicate yourself to something. If you could keep one internship and progress and move up that internship it would be the best thing for you.

Answered by: Volblorx8634 P. | about 4 years ago
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I would suggest three to four. You probably want to start doing one each semester starting with your junior year. This is normally when you really get into the "meat" of your major and it will help you see if you like certain jobs or not. Take advantage of as many as possible. View it as a job preview / interview. Many places will hire you if you have done an internship with them. They already have a history with you and know your work ethic. It will make a great difference in your job hunt when you graduate.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | about 4 years ago
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One or three internships is a good amount to shoot for. Employers will look at all types of experience you have. Don't skimp when it comes to your resume!

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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There is no minimum number of internships. What's important is how well you perform during your internships and what your temporary employers thought of you. It matters more to receive two or three glowing recommendations than a dozen mediocre ones.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the major but usually one will be fine, although none are actually required. Internships are a good way to get an in with a company and demonstrate to future employers that you have an idea what the real world is like. Many people get internships during their Sophomore year and onward.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | about 4 years ago
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There is no requirement for the number of internships you must have to graduate or to get a job. Any internship opportunity would be sufficient! It's ok if you even don't have any!

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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The minimum amount you need to have is simply 1. You should have at least one internship on your resume when you graduate and start applying for jobs. However, I would also say you don't want to have any more than three on your resume; anything over that would be overkill and would make potential employers question why you had so many.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | about 4 years ago
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I would recommend one or two internships by the time you graduate but it really depends on the industry. Keep in mind these internships are the only job experience you have at the time of graduation. The more the better but do not stay in school longer to complete them.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You should have at least one. Don't take any internship to fulfill this. Intern is an area related to your major. Secondly don't have a ton of different internships. Try to intern at the same place over a long course of time. This will demonstrate commitment.

Answered by: Corndog I. | about 4 years ago
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There is no set number of internships that you need before you graduate. More important than collecting a number of internships is focusing your experience on the plans you have after college. For instance, if you apply for jobs in the theater after college, no amount of internships with the justice department will help you. Employers are much more interested in the relevance of your experience. If you are having trouble finding internships, it can be helpful just to get a job of any type during the summer. That way you can show future employers that you are reliable and hard-working, which is pretty much always relevant.

Answered by: Kitty W. | about 4 years ago
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There's really not a set number. I believe quality triumphs over quantity. If you have a couple of internships with glowing reviews, you should be ok. However, if you're in a super specialized field, numbers might matter. If a future employer sees you're really interested in the field and have done the best education yourself in it, you'll have an edge over other applicants.

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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At minimum, you should have at least one. It looks especially good if the same company asked you back as an intern more than once. Then again, this company will likely hire you. If you cannot intern with the same company, it is good to have at least two, to show that you are dedicated and well rounded.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Think quality, not quantity. Having one professional experience that last long enough for you to gain real insights into what the field requires and has to offer means much more than gliding through numerous "internships" that merely have you sitting around not actually contributing anything to the experience. It would be wise to do your own research into different companies in the field to see what they have posted as requirements for employment.

Answered by: Rosco D. | about 4 years ago
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There is no real "minimum" number of internships you should have by graduation. In fact, many graduates have none and are still fine in the workplace. However, internships are a good way to network and get experience. In general, most people who do internships have one long-term internships before they graduate. If internship is something you're looking to put on your resume, one is generally enough.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on the college you are attending. Some might require you to have around 60 hours. I would call your college to check so that you don't fall short.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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The Department of Advertising believes that an internship is an important part of career preparation. An internship should be used to help you identify a career path in advertising; to gain experience and expertise in what you already like to do; to determine the skill level you need to develop to be successful after graduation; and to build your resume with this advertising experience.Internships are seen by college students as potentially valuable tools to explore general career avenues as well as specific companies . Such arrangements can provide them with valuable work experience (both practical and for r__sum__ enhancement)and an opportunity to line up a job before graduation. In addition to securing good work experience, students also may be able to gain academic credit and financial compensation (albeit modest in size) for internships.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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The more the better. It certainly couldn't hurt to have more, as it would set you apart from those who have less than you. But I'd say one or two would be best and most practical number to have.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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At minimum, you should have at least one. It looks especially good if the same company asked you back as an intern more than once. Then again, this company will likely hire you. If you cannot intern with the same company, it is good to have at least two, to show that you are dedicated and well rounded.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Think quality, not quantity. Having one professional experience that last long enough for you to gain real insights into what the field requires and has to offer means much more than gliding through numerous "internships" that merely have you sitting around not actually contributing anything to the experience. It would be wise to do your own research into different companies in the field to see what they have posted as requirements for employment.

Answered by: Rosco D. | about 4 years ago
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There is no real "minimum" number of internships you should have by graduation. In fact, many graduates have none and are still fine in the workplace. However, internships are a good way to network and get experience. In general, most people who do internships have one long-term internships before they graduate. If internship is something you're looking to put on your resume, one is generally enough.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on the college you are attending. Some might require you to have around 60 hours. I would call your college to check so that you don't fall short.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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The Department of Advertising believes that an internship is an important part of career preparation. An internship should be used to help you identify a career path in advertising; to gain experience and expertise in what you already like to do; to determine the skill level you need to develop to be successful after graduation; and to build your resume with this advertising experience.Internships are seen by college students as potentially valuable tools to explore general career avenues as well as specific companies . Such arrangements can provide them with valuable work experience (both practical and for r__sum__ enhancement)and an opportunity to line up a job before graduation. In addition to securing good work experience, students also may be able to gain academic credit and financial compensation (albeit modest in size) for internships.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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The more the better. It certainly couldn't hurt to have more, as it would set you apart from those who have less than you. But I'd say one or two would be best and most practical number to have.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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The minimum amount of internships that are a must by the time you complete your graduation, for the purposes of right type of resume, would be approximately nine months. Usually, in a graduation course, in the last semester or so, the institutions arrange for the internships for about one semester and thereafter on your own, you can have one more internship with a large corporate house. That would prove to be of an added advantage for you to find out a job for you. Internship makes you ready to face the practical problems of your job.

Answered by: Subhash Chander R. | about 4 years ago
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There really is no minimum amount of internships you should have before graduation. You should consider yourself lucky to actually get even one! It is great to get as many as you can in so you'll have more experience to show but it is not necessary for graduation.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | about 4 years ago
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The answer to this question depends upon one's major. A business or management major will probably want to have at least one internship on his/her resume. These majors are expected to have experience working in the industry so internships are valuable. However, a psychology or sociology major does not need an intership in order to find a job. Such majors are better off working on research with a professor. Research experience will help such majors find jobs within that field.

Answered by: Crueh F. | about 4 years ago
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Zero. Internships are not required to find a job after graduation. While they provide valuable experience, often related to your major, they are not necessary. Most employers are more interested in what skills you can provide them than where you gained those skills. After all, your skills and knowledge are what you bring to the job, not the multimillion dollar company you worked at for three months.

Answered by: Rancor206 R. | about 4 years ago
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