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Asked by Madison on October 2, 2017

Advisors preach that internships are extremely vital. What would be the best way of starting an internship when you already have a part-time job and other commitments?

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on October 4, 2017

Hi there - yes, internships can be extremely vital when you're searching for a full-time role after graduation. It IS possible to hold an internship while working on several other things - it really comes down to prioritization. You may need to take a step back from some clubs or organizations during the time that you hold an internship, but I would encourage you to look for opportunities during the summer months. Many internships are paid, and so that could be a great opportunity to earn some income while building out your professional skill set. Best of luck! -Phil

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Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on October 16, 2017

I would agree that internships are extremely important when it comes to your career. While it is difficult to juggle school, a part time job, and an internship, it is possible. One thing you could consider would be looking for a paid internship, this would alleviate you from the stress of interning and having a part time job. If you prefer to keep your part time job, you'll need to focus on time management; get a planner and schedule your time between work and what assignments are due when. This will help you to stay on track and manage all of your priorities.

I would agree that internships are extremely important when it comes to your career. While it is difficult to juggle school, a part time job, and an internship, it is possible. One thing you could consider would be looking for a paid internship, this would alleviate you from the stress of interning and having a part time job. If you prefer to keep your part time job, you'll need to focus on time management; get a planner and keep good track of your schedule and what school work is due when. This will help you to stay on track and manage all of your priorities.

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on October 18, 2017

Hello. Internships are great ways to gain on the job experience and a great way to get your foot in the door of an employer that you are seeking to become a full-time employee of. First off, I think it is great that you have a part-time job and other commitments on top of a school schedule that shows a lot of responsibility and time management right there. I would suggest applying to internships that you would be able to work over the summers and be honest with your part-time position about your goals but also make mention that you would still be interested in additional hours when you can fit them or perhaps when you return from the summer. If you are referring to a part-time summer job then you will need to decide on what you feel would benefit you most in the future. I would suggest finding a paid internship but if not see if your part-time employer could work with you on a schedule that would allow you to do both. If you have prior commitments such as organizations or clubs then also think about whether it may be beneficial to take on some less responsibility with them during your internship to help with your time but pick back up again when your internship is completed. It appears you are already taking the necessary steps to prepare you for the future, you just need to prioritize and manage these responsibilities. Hope this helps!!

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