The Internship Quiz

Scott Bellman, DO-IT staff

This year DO-IT will help students participate in more internships than any other year. This is due to DO-IT's success with funded projects and ongoing programs such as AccessSTEM, AccessComputing, DO-IT Scholars, and AccessCAREERS.

How much do you know about internships? Take this quick true/false Internship Quiz and see how you do:

  1. Interns usually do beginner-level tasks or grunt work. (T/F)
  2. Internships are really hard to get and only go to top students. (T/F)
  3. To be an intern, I will have to work for free. (T/F)
  4. An internship is nice, but it won't help me get a permanent job. (T/F)
  5. Internships aren't worth much unless I can get academic credit. (T/F)
  6. An internship is the same thing as a part-time job. (T/F)
  7. Internships always happen during the summer. (T/F)
  8. Internships are only for students who know their career goals. (T/F)
  9. There are no special intern programs for students with disabilities. (T/F)

The answer key for this quick quiz is simple—all of the above statements are false! Interns are often involved in complex and important projects. Placement can be competitive, but there are a lot of places to look—even for struggling students. Many internships are paid, and all internships can help you build your network for future job searches. Even if they do not give credit, which is common, internships help students build their resumes and learn valuable skills. Internships are different from part-time jobs, because interns receive special training and instruction—they are expected to be learning new skills. Internships can happen any time of year and are excellent for students who are still figuring out their career goals. And what about special internship programs for students with disabilities? Here are a few examples: