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18 Women CEOs Reveal the #1 Thing They Wish They'd Known as Interns
By: Shannon Miller
When we were students, most of us were lectured about the necessity of internships. For some, it’s a career requirement. For others, it’s an optional (but highly recommended) way of gaining a realistic understanding of a desired career.
What many young professional hopefuls tend to overlook is the unique value of such an opportunity. Even if the experience is a seemingly negative one, internships provide a special kind of access and insight that many applicants would kill for. “Most interns come into companies just to get experience and leave,” said Veronica Romney, co-founder and president of the digital marketing agency LoSoMo Inc. “What they don’t realize is each internship is one extended job interview.”
But internships aren’t just golden opportunities for future employees; they are highly beneficial for companies, too. Interns have the potential to add a fresh perspective, possess an inherent tech savviness, and ultimately provide services and first-person consumer knowledge that top companies typically pay major consulting firms a great deal to obtain.
“It is so important that interns know that they are extremely valuable and saving companies thousands of dollars,” said Krystal Vaquerano, co-founder and creative director of Shea Brand, “and they should never be afraid to voice their opinions or thoughts just because they may lack job experience.”