Why Are You Interested in this Position?

Why do YOU want an internship? I know that everyone, including me, will tell you that an internship can be a crucial career development experience with potential post-graduation employment benefits. But have you thought about your personal reasons for wanting an internship? If not, this would be an excellent time to ask yourself the question, especially if you are planning for an internship in the upcoming year.

An essential component of a successful internship is goal setting. An internship is a learning experience, so you should go into it with goals for what you want to learn. This is why it is important to understand your personal reasons for wanting to do an internship. What are you hoping to get out of it? Go beyond just, “I want to get some experience.” Be specific by answering questions such as, “What kinds of skills are you hoping to develop?” Once you begin searching for actual opportunities, you will be better able to spot the positions that might give you the experiences you want. Plus, come interview time, you will have an answer to the common interview question, “Why are you interested in this position?”

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