What does a Professional Intern do?
Interns are high school or college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience with a company in a field that piques their interest and possibly leads to future employment. They work for a select amount of time in departments and locations to better understand what the job entails. Depending upon their placement and program, they perform various tasks, from shadowing staff, to administrative assistance, to tackling in-depth projects with fellow interns.
Interns need a well-written resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation to prepare and submit with their application. Depending upon where they apply, there may be additional requirements including PowerPoint presentations or writing samples. Because organizations might hire from the intern pool, it is in an intern's best interest to maintain a professional and friendly demeanor to establish rapport with appropriate team members.
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Professional Intern Insights
“Everyone I worked with was super nice and super willing to help if I ever had any questions.”
“Everyone at Berkeley is overworked and really busy and probably won't answer your email.”
“Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed the work because I knew I was helping people.”
“Guillermo and James are amazing and intelligent people who really look to better you as a person.”
“My manager was very encouraging and motivating and let me know when I was doing a good job.”
“I had a summer to fill and good work experience opportunities were few and far between.”
“Great place to start my career as there is great exposure and got to learn a lot.”
“It was a pretty stable and consistent job that had a great balance between independence and cooperative assignments.”
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a professional intern
- Research Assistant
- Data Engineer
- Data Analyst
The most common qualifications to become a professional intern include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.