Why doing a Summer Internship was the best decision I made

26/10/2017

Unsure on the benefits of doing an internship? Read on to find out why you should. Written by mybrink's student blogger Siobhan - English student at Newcastle University.

One of the best parts about being a student are the long holidays. In the summer between second and third year, I was planning on going home to relax, catch up with my friends, and go on holiday. If I felt like it, I was going to work a few shifts at my local pub to boost my bank account.

 

Out of curiosity, I applied for an internship at an events company. I didn’t expect anything to come of it so when I was offered a place, I faced the dilemma of whether or not to stay in Newcastle to work all summer, or go home as planned. Choosing to stay was the best decision I have made since applying for university in the first place.

 

Practical experience

 

As an English student, I spend most of my time with my nose in a book. During my internship, I was interviewing people and publishing articles, which wasn’t too far from the research and essay-writing I have to do for my degree. I realised that reading and writing about novels wasn’t so much about knowing everything there was to know about Charles Dickens, but about preparing me for the demands of full-time work. All I needed was a bit of industry knowledge and I could fit right into my PR role.

 

Building networks

 

On top of that, you never know who you are going to meet at your internship. The CEO and founder of the business I was working for regularly came through the office, catching up with managers and lower-level staff alike. By the end of my three months there, he knew me by name. I also formed relationships with other senior members of the company and have been in touch with them since. It can only benefit to have people in the industry to keep me in the loop with job openings, or even just to give me a good reference.

 

Career opportunities

 

I wanted to go down a different career path to PR and communications until I took on my internship. Within a few weeks, I knew that it was exactly the kind of job I wanted when I left full-time education and could see myself working there permanently. An internship gives you an idea of what life will be like post-graduation and help you realise whether or not that route is right for you.

 

It was worth sacrificing my holiday for an internship. Maybe I didn’t get a tan but I now have three months of experience, money and a better idea of the direction I want to go down.