Business encompasses a large range of specialty fields and, by extension, internship opportunities within those fields. However, the broader professional area that is “business” tends to be one that consistently grows year after year, especially in response to consumer needs and the application of new technologies. As consumer trends and innovations in technology continue to drive new opportunities for career prep and development in business, new internship options will also emerge for people wanting to get hands-on experience, to complement their education and future goals.
If you are thinking about pursuing a career in the world of business, you may wonder if your current areas of interest and study will provide you with lots of options for internships, as you continue to learn and grow. You may have questions about what internships are most in-demand in business, as well.
Our research partner, Emsi Burning Glass, has compiled data to pinpoint the most in-demand internships currently available in the professional business sector. So, let’s take a look…
Now, after reviewing the visual image above, let’s take a more in-depth look at the business internships on this exciting list, to learn more about each professional role…
Accounting Intern: If you love working with numbers, projections, and budgets, then this type of internship will likely be a good professional development match, as you plan out your career prep trajectory. An accounting Intern, also sometimes known as a finance intern, is responsible for providing their accounting knowledge from an educational background in a professional setting, under the mentorship of an experienced accountant. Their duties often include supporting accounting teams with various projects and tasks, as they continually gain more knowledge on-site about the finance industry.
Human Resources Intern: If you like being a point of contact for other people, and working on behalf of both employers and employees, then a human resources role can be a great internship option, as you pursue a career in business. As a human resources intern, some of the tasks you will likely be assigned can include reviewing job postings and listed qualifications, updating employees' information in the company database, scheduling candidate interviews for open job positions, responding to employees' concerns about issues on the job, processing payrolls under supervision, and sending out reminders about company policies and procedures, as needed. Depending on the company you do your internship with, more or different tasks may be assigned, as every human resources department is structured differently to suit the needs of the parent company.
Sales Intern: If you see yourself as a team player within a greater business team, then you might want to consider a sales internship. Sales interns form a highly valued part of the larger sales team. They may assist the manager and senior staff, daily, by performing administrative duties while they gain experience. Sales interns often conduct research, make phone calls, send emails, update records, attend meetings, book travel arrangements, run errands, and help maintain client relationships. Other tasks may also be assigned, depending on the needs of the specific company that you choose to work with for your internship experience and career prep.
Marketing Intern: This internship saw the strongest job postings in 2021, for the business sector. So, if you like doing things such as planning campaigns and strategizing for social media trends, then consider doing an internship with this focus for your overall career prep. A marketing intern generally tends to assist the larger marketing department with their advertising and promotional efforts, to increase business gains and business potentials. Their main duties often include completing clerical and administrative tasks, building branded social media campaigns, preparing promotional materials, and creating department and client presentations. There’s a lot of technical career development with an internship like this, but there’s also a lot of creativity that can go into the role, too!
Management Intern: If you are seeking diversity in your business career prep and internship experience, then this option may be an excellent fit. Management interns tend to rotate between different company departments (e.g. finance, sales, human resources, communications, marketing, etc.) to learn all of the company functions, policies, and staff duties. They tend to actively contribute to strategic planning and may even help evaluate employee and department performance, by analyzing data and then writing up subsequent reports for review. It’s a great internship position for someone who wants a high-level view of the operations of an entire company.
There are many career paths within the large professional field of business, and there are lots of jobs and internship opportunities suited for all different interests and goals, too. If you think an internship in business may be for you, check out some of Stride’s Career Prep options to learn more!
And, be sure to check out the article, Great Jobs In Business With An Associate’s Degree, too!
Plus, if you are looking for an internship in business now, check out Stride's Internship Search Tool: https://www.stridelearning.com/career-prep/internships.html
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