January 19, 2014

Why Virtual Internships Can Change Your Life

Gaining experience is one of the most valuable things you can do to get ahead in the job search. Now you can build your resume with virtual internships and you don’t even have to leave your couch. It may sound too good to be true, but virtual internships are totally real. Are you ready?

Technology surrounds us in work, life, and play. It allows us to work remotely from the comfort of our homes, in a hammock by the beach, or nestled in a mountain town. All you need is the Internet to secure your telecommuting gig.

Telecommuting allows us to communicate via emails, instant message, telephone, texting, project management tools, and Skype. All of these things are common in the workplace. Technology allows us to work remotely and still complete our work in an efficient and timely manner. Even internships have evolved. Now this ever important role is going virtual.

Virtual internships allow students the flexibility to work part time jobs, pursue leisure activities, or go to class – all while building a resume, making connections, and learning the industry with a major company. Even the US Department of State has a Virtual Student Foreign Service Program with interns in nearly 100 different countries.

There are certain niches where virtual internships make more sense. You’ll have more luck landing a virtual internship if you are seeking work experience in information technology, marketing, social media, writing, journalism, media, videography, graphic design, or human resources. It’s important to note that nearly all industries have some form of virtual internship opportunity.

Telecommuting is becoming the norm. It makes sense for internships to follow. In the last year, there has been a 20% increase in virtual internships. Nearly one-third of employers offer some form of virtual internship. That makes it easy to gain experience and build your resume.

Internships are a valuable part of the learning process. There is plenty of debate about virtual internships. With anything in life, you will thrive if you apply yourself. Any internship offers a positive professional experience. If your long term plans include telecommuting or you’re having trouble juggling a busy schedule, a virtual internship may be the perfect solution for you.

The majority of interns really like the idea of virtual internships. Do you? It’s a great way to build your resume and gain experience. Are you ready to apply for a virtual internship? Start your virtual internship search on the job board today!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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