Underground Elephant CEO, Jason Kulpa, sings praises for internship opportunities in an article he wrote for Entrepreneur. The following is an excerpt from his article titled “Where to Intern if you Really Want to Be an Entrepreneur.”
“Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, exhilarating, and fulfilling. Running your own business requires unwavering commit, focus and determination. It’s not an easy path, but for some people being an entrepreneur is a passion that can’t be ignored.
There is no straight line to becoming an entrepreneur, but there are things you can do to set yourself up for success. Studying hard and getting good grades is a start, but nothing replaces hands-on experience. According to an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 91 percent of employers said candidate experience is a factor in hiring decisions. Nearly half of surveyed employers wanted new-grad experience to come from internships or co-op programs.Internships are key because they help you figure out what you want to do, or maybe more importantly, what you don’t want to do. According to a report by Look Sharp, a national college recruiting organization, 81.1 percent of graduates reported that their internships helped them shift career directions by changing the focus of classes or majors.
This opportunity is a great way to get career experience and find an industry you love. Below are a few tips for finding the right internship.
The perfect internship actually begins with the search. Make sure to start searching a few months before you intend to start, since many companies will need time to review applications and interview candidates. Keep careful notes about the internship deadlines and requirements that you can refer back to throughout this process. Internships for the sake of internships aren’t worth it; you have to make sure that your internship gives you valuable insight and is worth your time. You want to intern at the sort of company that you could see yourself starting one day.”
Read Jason Kulpa’s full Entrepreneur article here.