An internship isn’t just any other job, but a path to success. It’s a step in the direction to the career of your dreams or your passion in life. You’ve probably heard the importance of the value of an internship either from your professors, parents or even co-workers who’ve used such a job to transition from one field to another.
When it’s time to select an internship, many potential interns wonder what’s in it for them and how an internship is going to help them reach their goal for a full-time career or job. Well, you’ve come to the right place and we’ll outline here what we offer our interns and how to apply for an internship at either our Heart & Health practice or our medical spa clinic — Heart & Health.
What is an Internship?
The Random House Dictionary defines the word Internship as: “Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.” The modern concept of an internship springs from the medieval practice of pursuing an apprenticeship, in which skilled laborers (often craftsmen) would teach a young person their trade and, in exchange, that person would agree to work for the teacher for a certain length of time. Now, this does not mean that an internship conforms to the same rules as an apprenticeship. On the contrary, an internship gives the intern more freedom to advance in their general field. One learns from experts in the field of their choice and understands real-world applications of what he/ she has learned in the classroom. Moreover, you are not bound to continue working for the employer that you are interning with, though most often, students close to graduation or recent grads prefer positions that begin as internships and end in a full-time position.
Our internships offer experience in the following fields: medical and marketing. Our medical interns work through Heart & Health at any of our three locations, while our marketing (graphic and web) interns work through both Heart & Health as well as Revive Medical. All of our internships can be used for credit, but none are paid. We, like other companies in the medical and health fields, train our interns and if a position is available at the end of his/ her term with us, offer them a full-time position.
If you feel that it’s time for a change, a new beginning or a new chapter in your life, for whatever reason you might have, then an internship in that field is a good way to gauge what awaits you ahead.
Most people who transition from one career to another find it to be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you do anything, it’s best to see what is out there and what potential employers are looking for from possible candidates such as yourself and what the starting salary for a full-time position in that field could be. There are many online sites that can help you in this (i.e. Indeed.com, Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Dice.com, etc.). Once you’ve settled on your new career path, look into the requirements for it. Does your new career path require a degree and if so, is it from a conventional college or university or a vocation school? If you currently hold a job and cannot always take courses in person, look to see if there are any on-line courses that might be available for your new career path . The beauty of online courses is that they offer convenience and flexibility for busy on-the-go workers.
Once you’ve decided on a career path, understood the requirements, found your educational institution of choice, have completed registration, begun enrolled and started taking courses, it’s a good idea to start looking at internships in your field. The more time you spend getting to know the minute details of your new trade, the more likely you are to find an internship that fits your schedule and lifestyle. Those of us who have families need all the help we can get in finding the right fit as we have not only our current jobs to think about, but also the routines of our family to work around as well. These are factors that you should consider and have cleared before you apply for the internship, so that you can proceed with putting your best foot forward with the company you begin your internship with.
The Changing Role of an Intern
When we bring on fresh recruits for our internships, we have a set regimen that we require them to follow. Our mindset has gone from viewing the internship as a form of community service to a method for accessing potential employees. We would like to invest in the future by offering our knowledge and expertise for new interns to learn from and in so doing, we would like for our interns to contribute and become a valuable member of our company as well. We welcome new, fresh ideas that help us all benefit and the company expand. The only limitation in our internships is the limitation, in regards, to innovation that our interns already possess.