/ Asked by Pam
Do you have to be a student to get an intern job paid / or not paid? Is there any programs for surplus employees for additional training to advance their career possibilities?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Great question!  Internship and Apprenticeships are often for a specific audience, those looking to work and explore an industry and/or getting some work experience, therefore have traditionally been for students.  However, if you find an opportunity my suggestion would be to apply!  Sometimes companies open up these opportunities to students however will accept applicants outside of that audience, if there is a candidate that shows a high level of interest and passion towards the company and the position. Good Luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, January 7, 2016
At Asurion, internships are limited to students. That doesn't mean other companies don't have opportunities available to a broader audience. 

Have you considered opportunities to develop professionally outside of internships? Professions usually have some sort of national organization with local chapters. These organizations often offer workshops or conferences at which one can learn and grow their skills. Also, there are a number of organizations that offer regular local meetings to network and learn. Additionally, I would suggest seeking out opportunities to grow your skills online - perhaps there are certifications and/or courses related to your job field that you can complete to strengthen your skillset. Finally, I suggest mustering up the courage to talk to your current supervisor and/or HR representative about your interest to grow your skills. Be sure to communicate your career interests and ideas for developing your skills. Hopefully, together you can create a plan to invest in your career growth. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 29, 2016
In general, you do not have to be a student to obtain an internship, but some companies do prefer this.  This is in large part because their approach to recruiting for this positions is only focused on college campuses.  That being said, it is likley that the position will be posted for anyone to apply to.  Regarding the second part of your question, these types of programs are available, but usually not at companies.  They are, for the most part, offered through four-year universities or community colleges.  I would suggest that you reach out to the college that is local to you and see what they have to offer.
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