"Getting an internship is critical because it is often the deciding factor on who gets the job or who gets the interview, says Mark Lyden, a recruiter for Boeing, a Fortune 50 company, and author of College Students Do This!
"Internships are the easiest ways for companies to try before they buy," he
"It's a great strategic business decision because the company can try you out and test your performance and see if you fit in their environment and corporate culture.
The cool thing is it gives students the same advantage.
It's a win-win," he
"You really have to do your due diligence," Lyden
To find out if an internship is legit, first do a deep dive into the company's website.
Granted, a website may be nothing more than a façade.
That's why it's important to take your cyber sleuthing one step further with searches on Google
, Twitter and Glass Door, where people post their experiences and salaries at various companies across the country.
Next, get it straight from the source's mouth-talk to people who've actually worked at the company.
"Use your network to ask questions," Lyden
"You've got a powerful network through the University of Phoenix
When you apply for internships, make sure you incorporate key phrases listed in the job description into your resume to show you're a great match for the job, Lyden
"An internship is worth it any time you have the opportunity to gain experience in a brand-new field," Lyden