By Guest Blogger Lauren Berger
I cannot reiterate the importance of encouraging young people to intern in college and high school.
My internships have been the most valuable workplace experiences I’ve ever had. The first internship I accepted was the spring semester of my freshman year in college – this was much earlier than my friends and peers. The reason I got started on my internship journey was simple – my mom. See, I have your typical Jewish mother from Brooklyn who makes sure that her voice is heard. She is strong and has guts – something I’ve been fortunate enough to inherit from her.
When I went away to college, my friends and I were focused on a few things: namely drinking, boys, sorority life, and football games. College life was all about the parties, the relationships, sometimes the classes – but never about the future. As a young person attending one of the largest universities in the country, there wasn’t exactly a particular person looking after your best interest. I was lucky that my mom tried so hard to get through to me. She always called, always reminded me to check out interesting television segments and newspaper articles, but most importantly – she told me about internships.