Internships & Volunteering
Turn It Into a Job
Volunteer or internship positions can be a stepping stone to a paid position. Even if the employer you volunteer or intern for isn’t hiring, you can put the experience on your resume or ask them to keep you in mind for future positions.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind while interning or volunteering:
Don't limit yourself to the department or office where you're working. Take every opportunity to visit the different departments of the hospital or clinic. There is no better way to learn what a job is like than to see it and talk to the people who do it.
Ask people what kind of training and education they needed to get their jobs. You can then determine which jobs you'd be ready for right away and which ones require more training.
The people you work with will get to know your skills, strengths and passion. By forming a mentor relationship with someone you work with, you will be able to go back to them with questions about the field even after you've finished the job. A mentor can also write a letter of recommendation or be a reference for future jobs.
Even if you’re not getting paid, it is important to treat a volunteer or intern position like a real job. If an employer sees your hard work and commitment, they may decide to offer you a position later on or be an enthusiastic job reference for you.