3 Factors to considering an internship or Job!

Receiving an offer for an internship or job can be an overwhelming decision, particularly for a college student or recent graduate looking to start their career off on the right foot. Luckily, your student can talk with other professionals (such as yourself) who can lend a hand in making these tough choices. What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating internship and job offers? The organization

Summer is here! And now is the time to make sure you are gaining new experiences.

The most important factors to consider when evaluating internship are:

1. The organization

Research the background of the company through news mentions, financial reports and consumer reviews to determine if this organization is one they’ll like to work for. Here are a few things to keep in mind while looking into the company:

Company culture. Is the corporate culture a good fit? What does the company value? Does the mission align with their goals? Who will they be working with on a daily basis? What is their management style like?

Office environment. Is the company workplace the right fit?

Size. How large is the organization? Is there room to move up in the department or at the company? Is the company located in other states or countries?

Type. Is the company well established? A startup? Small business? How will the type of company affect job security and promotions in the future?

Financial condition. How is the company doing in today’s  economy? Have there been significant layoffs or downsizing in the past? How will this affect your student’s future at the organization?

  2. The job

Tasks and interactions will certainly determine how much they’ll enjoy their job, too — now and in the future. When they’re looking at the job description, they should pay attention to the following:

  • Goals. What is the candidate expected to achieve or improve in their first months on the job?
  • Location. Does the position require a long commute? What travel expenses will go along with the job?
  • Hours. What hours are they expected to work? Does the pay equate with the amount of hours expected?
  • Travel. How much time should your child expect to be on the road? Do they have responsibilities at home that will limit the ideal amount of travel time for work?
  • Salary/benefits/perks. Is the salary offered enough for cost of living? Does it equate with their experience, education and skills? Are there other perks, such as flex time or paid time off, that outweigh low salary or less than stellar benefits?

  3. Other circumstances

Personal circumstances should also be a significant factor in choosing a job or internship. If something doesn’t sit right about an opportunity voice that to a mentor . For both the employer and the job seeker being a good fit is important. A job candidate declines a job offer rather than starting a job and quitting soon thereafter. If it helps, make a list of pros and cons to determine the best decision for their career and share it with a friend.


Julia Downs

Julia Downs is the Student Housing and Benefits Specialist at GradGuard. In her spare time, she really enjoys writing about herself in the third person.