Over the past year and a half I have been looking for possible internships that I could do to gain valuable experience for not only my professional career but to help my current college career. I have found that most internship’s have been looking for several similar skills. I am going to tell you about five of the most common skills needed to get a valuable internship.
- The first skill and the most common skill I have found that most places are looking for an intern to have is good communication. Most of the internships require you to communicate to a higher person in the business, so it is important that you can relay the important information and details.
- Computer skills are also very important for an intern to have. Most businesses want interns to be able to use each Microsoft application (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). This can be very useful when putting a database together or put a report together to show how the company is holding up against the competition.
- Having strong written skills is also very important. This was not as common as having computer skills but it is still important to be able to write. Being able to write is important because it can be more personal and formal, which can show that something is important and deserves the time and attention to be written.
- Being able to work hard is also very important. Most internship’s you never know what you are going to have to do and usually when doing an internship you are able to get a little taste of everything, but no matter what is thrown your way, make sure to be the best at it you possibly can be.
- Another skill I found but wasn’t as common as the other four. Is the ability to meet deadlines. Sometimes the person you are interning for will set a deadline and it is your job to complete the project and make it the best you can. But if you are able to meet deadlines, then that could be a way to gain the trust of your employer. Being able to get work done in an orderly fashion can be very important to a lot of people because it shows dedication.
If you are able to master these skills and have something to show that you have developed your skills you will definitely be able to go out and compete for an internship that you would like to do. Once you get the internship you want is should be all downhill from there because you are prepared for whatever they throw at you. So just work on these five skills and you will be competing for an internship in no time
Dan Cogan, Nichols College