Internship Placement Service Provider Explains the Different Types of Available Internships
05/18/2011

USAIntern.com says that choosing the right type of internship is just as important as the company and industry you choose.

Online PR News – 18-May-2011 – New York, New York – According to Chanin Coyle, President of USAIntern, LLC (www.usaintern.com), an online leader in internship placement services throughout the United States¸ students begin to search for an internship either during or after college. Most often, the search is centered around choosing the right company and industry.

“While these are both important factors in choosing an internship program that will lead a student in the right direction, the type of internship a student chooses is just as important,” says Coyle.

Coyle says that there are different internship types, each having their own unique advantages. However, she says that before looking for an internship, you should know all of your available options and educate yourself enough to tell potential employers exactly what you hope to accomplish.

The following is a list of the most common types of internships, according to Coyle:
Externship

In an externship, students will typically work part-time at a company to get a feel for the industry and the position they might be interested in. Externships can be as short as a week or can go on for months, Coyle explains. Often, the student will remain with a company for the duration of a semester.

“Externships provide a great opportunity for a student to shadow someone throughout the day and learn what the position entails on a day-to-day basis,” says Coyle. “While most are unpaid, the experience can be quite valuable.”

Co-op (Cooperative Education)

One of the key differences between a co-op and an externship is that co-ops are usually paid internships.

“Colleges often have co-op partnerships with select companies and work together to provide practical learning experiences for students,” says Coyle. “For example, if a student majors in marketing, a college that has a co-op relationship with a marketing company might be able to get that student a paid part-time position for an entire semester or even a year.”

Practicum

A practicum allows a student to apply his or her education to real scenarios in the field, Coyle says.

“A supervisor at a company manages a student or team of students and oversees their work,” she explains. “A school counselor also helps supervise the students and manages their time between fieldwork and classes.”

This type of internship is attractive to companies because they get hands-on assistance from up-and-coming young professionals. Plus, students interested in a practicum have typically gauged their interest level in a certain industry already and want to work in that field. With an externship or co-op, students are usually still in the process of finding out if an industry is a good fit.

This is just a sample of internship options for students. For more information, visit www.USAIntern.com and contact a USAIntern representative today.

Launched in 2005, USAIntern, LLC (www. USAIntern.com) was developed by students for students and now includes a databank of more than 2,000 employers and more than 20,000 registered students. The website’s mission is to assist both students and employers by helping companies develop quality internship programs, and to provide a quick and easy resource for students to find internships, externships, course credits and volunteer opportunities. From simple job and resume postings, to comprehensive candidate recommendations and screenings for employers, the company’s vast array of employers has included NFL Films, The National Constitution Center, U.S. Department of Justice, Special Olympics, Comcast and the American Bar Association, and many more. One of the only websites devoted entirely to internships, as well as one of the largest and most comprehensive, USAIntern.com offers both students and employers tools and resources to “find and be found.” For more information, visit www.USAIntern.com, call (856) 675-1288, or e-mail internships@usaintern.com.

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