Do i need an internship for a job?

i am entering my junior year next year. i have not had an internship yet. do i need one by the time i graduate?
majoring in business management, but idk what i want to get into after uni. do i need an internship related to my major?

Getting a good career position is a highly competitive endeavor. While an internship is not a requirement, it is a competitive advantage in a super packed highly motivated job market. As one who has been in a hiring position and have had over a thousand applicants for one position, internships can be part of the overall application screening process. Once again, while not required, it enhances your competitiveness.

Hi Alex! First you might want to look into the requirements for your major and see if an internship is required, but even if it's not required, my advice is to DO ONE before you graduate.

When you graduate, your internship experience signals to your future employer that you've had on-the-job experience, and this will make you a more competitive and valuable candidate (we're talking better job opportunities and a higher entry-level salary). Also, having successful internships is going to help you build your network, and if you kick-ass, when you go for your first career job, you'll have real professional references who can speak to your skills and vouch for you to your future employer. That's extremely valuable! Internship roles can be super competitive, and because of that it's never too early to start looking, applying and interviewing for them. You might not get a few, but it'll help strengthen your application and interview skills.

When I look at new candidates for entry-level public relations roles, I require >2 internships OR 1 internship and 1 full-time related role to even consider the person. It's not a hard and fast rule, but I get hundreds of applications and you need an easy way to suss out the most promising candidates. As a hiring manager, I personally value a successful, relevant internship track-record above where the person went to college or what their GPA was (in fact, I don't even proactively ask about GPA but many new grads put it on their resume).

Hope this is helpful in some way. I'm around if you have any questions - let me know.

Hey Alex,

From my experience, I don't feel an internship directly related to your major is super important, but getting work experience while in college will be crucial in differentiating yourself once you graduate.

When I was entering my junior year as an English major, my only work experience was that I was an employee at the university cafeteria. It wasn't much, and I mostly wanted the job for beer money. But, in the Spring of my Junior year, I found an internship at Marvel Comics. As a comic fan, I thought this would be awesome, but I didn't have much to work with except my cafeteria job. Ultimately, I was able to land the internship, and it came down to three things:

1) I worked my ass off on the essay portion to make sure it told an authentic story about who I was, why I liked Marvel, and what I could offer
2) I had some work experience, and I did my best to fluff up my cafeteria experience, make it relevant to the job, and fill out the full page so my resume looked full. Plus, having a job meant I had a manager who could go to bat for me if I ever made it to the reference check stage.
3) I flew myself out from SF for the interview in NYC rather than take a phone interview.

Those built points get at three different ways to differentiate yourself in an application:
1) You work really hard on the cover letter and application process
2) You have relevant resume and good references
3) Do something that is unique and above and beyond the interviewer's expectation

Though applying for a job has a ton of moving parts, I find that checking off each of those three boxes will position you for success. You can certainly get a job without having all of them checked, but the more you can check off the better you'll be.

So that's a long winded way of saying that you don't *need* an internship related to your major, but I would highly recommend getting some work experience before you graduate so that you can check off more of the boxes and land a job once you graduate. And, if you're not sure what you want to do after university, I would advise that you follow your curiosity. My co-founder, Michelle, has a great write up on following your curiosity in this post:

Hope that helps, and reply back if you have any follow ups!