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5 internships for college freshers that don’t require prior experience

by Madhuri Boinwad
5 internships for college freshers that don’t require prior experience

How many times have you heard people tell you that your college years will be the best years of your life? And as you enter a whole new world of college, explore the hostels in Bangalore for students, celebrate meeting new people and learn so many mind blowing things, you’re starting to believe all that hype. Well, college is definitely one of the most exciting parts of our lives, but it’s also one of the most competitive. You’ve been thrown with a bunch of the best and brightest, and you’re all fighting to emerge as the one to watch. That’s why cinching a good internship in your first year of college itself can become super important. It’ll give you some much needed practical experience, provide you with a headstart on the rush for future internships and job offers, and of course, set you apart from the crowd.

But hold up for a second. How will you manage to get that internship as a first year student? You don’t have any prior experience or contacts that you can leverage. And you may not even have learnt all the technical skills that you need in your field. Well, that’s no reason to pass on the chance to learn and develop. Because there are a whole range of internships that you can apply to even if you don’t have technical experience. In most cases, all you need are strong communication skills, but having a hobby or talent that you can monetise doesn’t hurt either. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the internship roles that even first year students can apply to without having prior experience.

Social media marketing

Think about the amount of time you spend glued to your smartphone. What if you could take that time and convert it into an internship? Well, you actually can. With so much of the world functioning online, more and more companies are relying on social media marketing to build their brand. And that means they require social media interns. You really don’t need any experience to nail this job either, just quick reaction time and being active on social media platforms. These internships tend to be plentiful in number so you can apply to any company that you would like to work for in the future. Since they are also mainly online, you can easily take on this kind of internship remotely, giving you the flexibility to work around your college schedule.

Content creation

If you’ve got the writing bug, you should definitely apply for a content creation internship. From designing curriculum to writing blogs to creating copy, there’s an endless amount of content that companies require. This field is one of the easiest to get an internship or freelancing role in, and much like social media marketing, can easily be done remotely. If you prefer a more academic role and don’t want your internship to distract you from your studies, you could create content for various essay or homework help sites too. A little bit of research will help you find the role that best suits your interests.

Research

If you want your internship to be a great learning experience within your field, a research internship can be invaluable. You won’t need any experience for this role, but you will need a lot of tenacity. Finding a research internship can start from simply reaching out to professors on campus to looking for avenues online to checking openings in museums and cultural centres. An easy way to streamline your search is by deciding exactly what kind of research you’re interested in. Do you want to conduct surveys and interviews for a study? Or are you more interested in diving into archives to uncover lost stories? Depending on the domain, you can then reach out to different organisations for internship opportunities.

Graphic design

While the previous few options have been for college students from any walk of life, these two are more suited towards folks who already have some specialised skills. We’re talking about art. If you’re someone who’s constantly drawing and doodling, or have a good eye for detail, why not apply for a design internship? If you’re handy with some online tools like Canva and PhotoShop it’s a real advantage and can be a quick and easy way for you to learn and earn some pocket money. Graphic design is one of the most up and coming areas these days and there are several startups looking to hire interns in this domain. So, if you’ve been waiting for a chance to show off your art, this is it.

Programming

Even if you’re sitting in your PG in HSR Layout, you can order a meal, book a cab, buy movie tickets, go shopping, order groceries, plan a holiday and so much more. That’s because of the wonders of apps on your smartphone. Well, if you’re a dab hand at programming, you could become the person behind those apps. Programming internships are one of the highest paid ones and can be easily balanced along with a college schedule. If you’ve already mastered programming, this avenue should be a no-brainer for you, but even if you haven’t there are tonnes of free courses online that will get you started. Programming is an easy skill to pick up and it’s one of the most essential in the app-development world today. 

And those are the five internships that college freshers should apply for even if they have no experience. These internships can be a launchpad for your future career and help you identify your strengths and interests. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start applying.

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