Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 16, 2015
Not at all. Many people who have internships are non-traditional students, some of whom have families. What is most important is that you take the necessary steps to pursue a career for which you are passionate. When communicating with companies about your interest in an internship, either on a cover letter or verbally, be up front and honest with them and explain how you got to this point in your career. They will appreciate the fact that you have the courage to take a step back and pursue a career that you are truly passionate about and are willing to do what ever it takes to get there. Bear in mind though, that you may have to make some sacrifices to do this. Specifically, most internships are short term, do not offer benefits, and may require you to move temporarily to a new location. If you are willing to make these sacrifices, then taking this step for the betterment of your career is absolutely appropriate.