/ Asked by Alfred
My financial situation doesn't allow me to do an internship. I've worked multiple part-time jobs as I've needed to pay my way. Will not having an internship hurt my chance of getting a full-time job when I graduate next spring? Every internship I've looked into that pays doesn't pay enough for me to survive, but if it will help me get a job in this tough market I'll do it. Thanks for your answers.
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
It won't stop you from getting a job when you graduate if you are able to do other things to offset it, such as volunteer work.  Think about your current jobs and is there a way to scope them to get some of the experiences you need?  Attend career fairs and you should also be able ot find other internships that may pay higher. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Internships are a great way to build your skills and resume. There's no denying that internship experience will increase the attractiveness of your resume when applying for jobs. However, sometimes circumstance prevents one from interning. If this is the case, it's important to build your resume in other ways - volunteer, join student and professional organizations related to your future career, assist a professor with their research. Do whatever possible to gain experience you can add to your resume in place of an internship. This effort will pay off when applying for full-time positions in the future. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, January 29, 2016

It might help you to know you’re not alone. We certainly hear quite a few students struggling with the same decision, and the good news is that internships aren’t the only path.
While an internship can be an important step for gaining experiencing – even required to graduate with some specialties – the part time jobs you mention are a great source of experience for your future. Use your current work to your advantage and, if possible, align your work to your career goals. Don’t forget the experience you gain working with student, community and charitable organizations. It all counts.
Also, as you near graduation, seek out full-time development programs specifically for students that will be graduating. At AT&T, we offer development tracks for everything from leadership to business sales, finance and technology – all designed to help bring you that extra experience and exposure you need to get ahead. Look at opportunities like this to help bridge that gap but still put you in a full-time position that gets your career underway.
All the best in your studies!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
There are many paths to follow and yours, in particular, should not jeopardize your chance of getting a full-time job. Many employers understand that students need to work to be able to survive and may not have the opportunity to get an internship in the field they want to pursue once they graduate.
Even though your jobs were not internships they provided you valuable experience that can make you a great candidate for a full-time role. Think back to the jobs you had and ask yourself: What did you learn about yourself? What skills did you learn? Were you able to practice an area of weakness or learn about a strength you never thought you had? What impact did you have on the team or job?
Answering these questions will help you translate the experiences you had into relevant experience that you can include on your resume and can be used as talking points during an interview. Although these experiences are not actual internships, they can be used to explain your work ethic, strengths you would bring to the company and dedication to a job. If you are having a difficult time making connections, your professors and career services are great resources to use and bounce ideas off of.
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