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Job Interview Question: Have You Completed Any Internships?

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Job Interview Question: Have You Completed Any Internships?
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When you are applying for an entry level position a typical job interview question is "Have you completed any internships? What did you gain from the experience?"

Here are sample interview answers which you can edit to fit your personal experiences and background:

  • This past summer, I completed an internship with a major marketing firm in the city. I learned two key things about working in the business world. First, not one college course can prepare you as well as personal, hands on, experience. The second is, listen to what your coworkers have to say and watch what they do. Although they do not realize it, other employees can be your best resource to learn both what to do and what not to do in the office.
  • My university required all fashion design majors to complete a rotation of internships during the summer between junior and senior year. At first, I did not understand why we were spending the summer working, but once I started my rotation, I knew why they set the requirement. The internships helped me focus more specifically on what part of fashion design I was interested in. Without the personal experience, it would have been a shot in the dark and I may have had to go back to square one if I was not happy with my career choice.
  • I did not complete any internships during college, but I did use my last two summers to volunteer at a local homeless shelter. At the shelter, I worked with the social workers on a daily basis. I was able to assist with home visits, life skills, and employment issues, along with all the other resources and services offered to the unemployed at the shelter. Although it didn't have the formal internship title, it served the same purpose and gave me the same hands on experience I would have gotten by doing a social service internship with the county.

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