Don’t Overlook Internship Opportunities
By Maggie Johnson, Program Assistant, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Don’t let the unemployment numbers discourage you in your job search; despite many organizations’ lack of open positions, there are still ways you can land that dream job of yours. How? Through an internship. Once thought of as only for students, it is becoming increasingly more common for graduates and even people with work experience to complete internships before landing a permanent position.
At my own organization, we’ve seen an increasing number of college graduates apply for and participate in our internship program. In fact, we actively encourage people currently looking for full-time work to apply for our internship. Not only are internships often paid, they can also offer a unique chance to explore a new career and network with a wide variety of people and organizations.
One of my own co-workers, Rodney Vessels, made a career transition through an internship at a free-market non-profit organization. After several years of full-time work experience as a land surveyor, Rodney decided to switch careers by completing his bachelor’s degree. During his last semester, he completed an internship with the American Conservative Union where he was responsible for new media content. While at the ACU, he heard about full-time employment opportunities here at the Foundation and made the transition.
He notes, “My time at ACU was an essential part to my current career path. I would not have discovered so many potential opportunities had I not participated in an internship.”
Taking the plunge and doing an internship isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely worth considering if you are serious about advancing free-market ideas through your career. Check out the opportunities on the AFF Job Board and consider applying for this fall’s Koch Internship Program. The application is available here, and the deadline is August 15th.
Maggie Johnson is a program assistant for the marketing and recruiting team at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and can be reached at email@example.com.