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An extra semester of college for an internship?

iflabs 2,815 219 February 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
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Last Edited by iflabs February 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Is continuing an extra semester of school for an internship or in search of an internship worth it? I have fellow classmate who postponed graduation and took an extra semester of worthless classes just so he could work as an intern. Would this make any financial sense without financial aid?

And for any employers in here, does an imminent graduation date or postponed date on a resume a factor at all for a intern position?

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Quote from iflabs View Post :
Is continuing an extra semester of school for an internship or in search of an internship worth it? I have fellow classmate who postponed graduation and took an extra semester of worthless classes just so he could work as an intern. Would this make any financial sense without financial aid?
Internship that is college credit only at prestigious company that (assuming you work your butt off) will guarantee a job at said company or similar prestigious companies?
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This depends from company to company but he should be able to intern as a recent grad rather than having to stay in school as a current student to do internships
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maybe if hes getting extra class credit

however my last entire semester of school was an internship worth 12 hours, completely bogus IMO, i pay 11 grand to work for free, i felt like it was a cop out for the school rather than give me 4-5 more classes to take
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Quote from sbboundbroncos View Post :
maybe if hes getting extra class credit

however my last entire semester of school was an internship worth 12 hours, completely bogus IMO, i pay 11 grand to work for free, i felt like it was a cop out for the school rather than give me 4-5 more classes to take
Yeah that is the rub isnt it? On the one hand you are a paying a premium to get a little work experience (very little in some cases). On the other hand, most of the problems I hear about from recent college grads is they cant get their foot in the door anywhere with little to no work experience or people to recommend them. I am sure to those people an extra 11K for a lead and a few references might be worth it.

I did not have an internship when I went through college (~13 years ago). It was tough finding work in a very good economy, so depending on the OPs chosen profession, I would lean toward it being worth it. Well, that is unless his major was Poli-Sci or some other garbage like that. Stick Out Tongue
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The answer (of course) is IT DEPENDS.

- Does he have to pay tuition for it?
- Is it relevant experience?
- Is it a known company?
- What major?
- Is there a chance to continue on at that company after graduation?

However, in general I'd say you want to lean heavily *toward* taking the internship, even if it postpones graduation.

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I don't care WHEN you graduate or how long it takes you. However, I care very much whether you have experience in your field. Put 2 resumes in front of me - one who graduated in 4 years with no work experience & one who took 5 years but has relevant experience - and I'll call the experienced person 1st every time.

When I went to school (MIS degree), I entered a co-op program where I worked full time every other semester & then went to school full time every other. I graduated with zero debt and joined on with that company as soon as I graduated. It took me 5-1/2 years to finish my degree, but it was worth every bit.
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This depends from company to company but he should be able to intern as a recent grad rather than having to stay in school as a current student to do internships
It does matter...In my line of work, most of the or i would be inclined to say all the bigger, (fortune 500) companies will not let recent grades intern.
They usually have 1 intern position and 1 full time for grades. So guess who get the full time position? Those who have interned. laugh out loud
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Quote from kyotuosa View Post :
It does matter...In my line of work, most of the or i would be inclined to say all the bigger, (fortune 500) companies will not let recent grades intern.
They usually have 1 intern position and 1 full time for grades. So guess who get the full time position? Those who have interned. laugh out loud
Whats the line of work?
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Whats the line of work?
finance/insurance

oh btw i didn't mean they have only 1 opening. But I meant they usually have full time line up for grades and intern for students.
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How much experience do you have right now, assuming you don't go for this internship and just graduate?
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I would double check with the companies you're applying for regardless of what may be posted online or in their job listings. Some companies do offer internships to recent grads regardless of what their listing shows as long as you ask and inquire about it. YMMV of course.
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Do the internship and let your supervisors know you are graduating soon. Then work hard and hope it leads to a FT position! Any kind of experience looks better than none. Take a semester off and work. Don't worry about Finaid as that will carry over if you're not registered for the following semester. You might need to have your advisors and department heads sign off on some papers but go for the internship definitely.

edit: just read you don't have aid. Internship paid or unpaid? I would still do the internship and delay graduation reason because you might not find a job easily after graduation without experience but a delayed graduation + xp would help so much more.
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