In today’s competitive work force, it is strongly recommended to have at least one internship experience on your resume. But let me tell you something: an internship offer will not come in a pretty package with sparkly wrapping paper in your mailbox. You must take the initiative to seek out businesses that you are interested in and be ready to show them your best qualities that will benefit them. There must be a beneficial relationship between the intern and the company in order to be successful, which Jajo has succeeded in creating.
Advice from Holly
When I graduate from college I will have two internship experiences on my resume. I have learned a lot from both experiences. The most important thing that I have learned is that there isn’t someone holding your hand the whole time. It really takes dedication and your initiative to create the best experience possible. I think the most important question to consider is: “what should I be learning?” After you have figured that out, then do your best to make those learning opportunities happen. I am very thankful for the numerous learning opportunities Jajo has given me. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Jajo and feel stronger about conquering the career world after college.
Advice from Kyle
An internship is more than the next stop along the path to your career. It is an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of an organization. Internships allow you to gain comfort with the environment of your profession before you’re hired. Jajo has offered an outstanding opportunity for experiencing what working in this field might feel like for its interns by presenting us with real world projects.
Along with the inside perspective gained from an internship, there is also the fact that you are meeting and making connections with people in your field. Sure, an internship might look great on a resume but the real take away is the networks that are established from the venture. These connections are a golden opportunity that could give you that edge over your competition in the future, resulting in a more successful career venture.
Kyle Dingman will be going into his fifth college year at Wichita State University studying graphic design. Holly Grannis will also be going into her fifth year studying public relations and sociology with a minor in French at Kansas State University. Both plan to graduate in May 2012.