By Chelcie GilliardScreen Shot 2016-03-17 at 10.40.49 AM

Graduation is only 8 weeks away! Which means 8 weeks until you walk across that stage, 8 weeks until you’re done with your undergraduate career, and 8 weeks until you have to figure out what you’re going to do with the rest of your life (or at least the next 2-3 years). If you’re like me, grad school is an option to reserve for a later date and job searching isn’t going as well as planned. So what exactly are you supposed to do? Find an internship!

Did you miss your opportunity to study abroad? Intern match organizations like The Intern Group and World Internships allow post-grad students to intern in other countries. If you couldn’t find the time to travel abroad during your undergraduate career, you can have the opportunity to do so post-grad. This could even open up full-time opportunities outside the U.S.

Did you want to work for a specific company? Many great companies offer post-grad internships as a pathway to full-time work. Companies like Disney, Time Warner, and Weber Shandwick hire from their intern pool. For a lot of companies, the only way to get full-time, entry-level work is through an internship. If you have a company that you’d love to work for and they don’t have an open entry-level positions, look into their internships as a way to get your foot in the door.

Are you still unsure of what you want to do? Post-grad is a scary time, especially if you still don’t know what you want to do with your life. Internships are a great way to test the waters and narrow down future plans. You get hands on experience, grow your network, and make an informed decision on your career choice.

Interning post-grad may feel like you’re taking a step back but you are actually taking leaps to finding your perfect future career. We all know the benefits of interning, so why not reap those benefits post-grad. Don’t let the negative stigma prevent you from taking on great opportunities.

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