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What you need to know to get the best opportunity.

The job market is going to be tough once you graduate. Companies often want new recruits to have some real-world experience. The experience and lessons you’re learning in the classroom helped build a knowledge base you can use in the real world. Taking that base and executing on it is what internships are all about.

But finding the right internship and, more importantly, landing it takes some skill. Here are some ideas on what you can do to find the best possible internship.

Before you can apply for an internship, you need to find one to apply to. Here are a few tips on where to find the best internships:girl on laptop

Finding an internship is only half the process. Submitting your resume and interviewing are crucial. Learning to customize resumes and tailoring interviews to the job is an important skill. Here are a few things to think about before you send in your resume and sit down for the interview.

There are a few things to watch out for with internships. The main one is that you might not count as an employee. The Department of Labor has a few rules companies are supposed to follow. But the best way to keep things in check is to look for internships that either pay or have a program in place with your school to offer course credit.

No matter what, remember the point of an internship is to learn. Not just about the subject matter of the job, but how to navigate real work environments. If anything, you should walk away knowing more about how to actually do the job, but also how to fit in and succeed in a work environment.